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Cowens Stands Alone
The Celtics and Dave Cowens hoped to return to championship form during the 1977-78 season, but injuries took their toll as Jo Jo White and Charlie Scott missed significant time. The C’s ended up winning just 32 games. But there were upsides in that campaign: former Celtics star and Washington Bullets Head Coach K.C. Jones […]
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 […]
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 […]
Hondo Goes Out
No one could reasonably expect a team to win forever. Age and injuries finally caught up to the Celtics in the 1977-78 campaign as Jo Jo White, Charlie Scott and Curtis Rowe each missed more than 30 games. The Celtics fell out of playoff contention early, which cost longtime coach Tommy Heinsohn his job. But […]
Needing Rest in ’77
Coming off another NBA World Championship title (see the trophy on the cover here), the Celtics expected to make another deep playoff run in the 1976-77 season. Injuries to Dave Cowens and Charlie Scott plagued a team that was inconsistent, never winning or losing more than four games in a row. The Celtics managed a […]
We Come to Win
“We don’t come to play. We come to win.” These words by Red Auerbach headlined the Celtics “prospectus” for the 1975-76 season. Many believed the addition of Charlie Scott from the Phoenix Suns was the kind of acquisition that would put the C’s over the top. The future Hall-of-Famer embodied Auerbach’s motto during that campaign, […]