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Cowens’ MVP Attitude
The Celtics have had a lot of superstars, but perhaps none as unusual as Dave Cowens. The two-time NBA World Champion and 1973 NBA MVP certainly marched to the beat of his own drum. Among some of his reported exploits: Cowens spent a night on a bench in Boston Common, pelted a young Larry Bird […]
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Crowning Cowens As MVP
Third-year center Dave Cowens took center stage in the 1972-73 season when he was not only MVP of the NBA season but also the MVP of the All-Star Game. He joined Bob Cousy (1957) and Bill Russell (1963) as the only Celtics players to receive both awards in the same year. “I haven’t even thought […]
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Dressed to Impress
While never quite matching the height of their dominance during the 1960s, the Celtics of the seventies still won two NBA World Championship titles in 1974 and 1976. One of the keys to their success was the mixture of experienced players like John Havlicek and Don Nelson with younger players like Jo Jo White and […]
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Eighty-Sixed by the 76ers
Forced into playing in the NBA Playoffs opening round for the first time in anyone’s memory, the Celtics routed the San Antonio Spurs with a 2-0 sweep in the 1977 Eastern Conference First Round. Jo Jo White led the way with 62 points over both games. Their next matchup featured a well-rested Philadelphia 76ers squad […]
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Feeling Strong in ’74
The 1973-74 Celtics posed for a photo ahead of their NBA World Championship title-winning season. Coached by former player Tommy Heinsohn, the team averaged 109 points per game and defeated the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals, which included a 102-87 victory in Game 7. Dave Cowens (No. 18 in the front row) picked a […]
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Hall-of-Famers All Around
Tommy Heinsohn coached several Hall-of-Famers in his career, including Dave Cowens. The Celtics won two NBA World Championship titles during the eight seasons Head Coach Heinsohn and big man Cowens were together in Boston. In fact, Heinsohn was instrumental in shaping the undersized Cowens into a dominant center. “We came in for a lot of […]
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Hanging Up Havlicek
John Havlicek laid it in for two points against the Houston Rockets as teammate Dave Cowens looked on. When Havlicek retired, Cowens told a reporter, “They ought to retire his number from the whole NBA. Just take 17 and stash it up there in lights.”
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Heinsohn: Coach of the Year
Tommy Heinsohn won over countless players during his tenure as Celtics head coach. Across nine seasons of coaching in the NBA – all with the Celtics – Heinsohn won 427 games, two NBA World Championship titles and one NBA Coach of the Year award. “Tommy Heinsohn always made you feel like you were part of […]
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Home Sweet Home
(Left to right) Jo Jo White, Dave Cowens, Don Nelson and John Havlicek watched from the bench as their team took on the Phoenix Suns during the 1976 NBA Finals. Home court proved to be an advantage for the Celtics as they won all three games played in the familiar confines of Boston Garden. White […]
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In the Green Paint
Green-painted parquet is highly coveted among Celtics fans and collectors. This section had added value with autographs from some of the greatest players in franchise history. See if you can make out all of signatures inked on the original parquet.