Top 10 Moments in Celtics Playoffs History

In honor of the Celtics somehow sneaking into the 2015 NBA Playoffs, I thought I would share some cultural moments in Celtics’ Playoff History.

10) Pierce Comebacks from 21 Point Deficit

Game 3 2002 NBA Conference Finals: Pierce drops 19 points in final 12 minutes.

9) The End of Bird’s Reign

Game 6 1986 NBA Finals: Larry records a triple double and the Celtics do not win another ring until 2008.

8) When Bill Ran Out of Fingers

Game 7 1969 NBA Finals: Bill Russell gets his 11th ring against Wilt and the Lakers.

7) The Big 3

Game 6 2008 NBA Finals: “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!’

6) The Celtics Pop Their Cherry

Game 7 1957 NBA Finals: Bill Russell and Tommy Heinsohn both had triple doubles in the Celtics’ first NBA Championship.

5) Larry vs. Dominique

Game 7 1988 NBA Eastern Conference Finals

4) Bill Russel Drops 30 Points, Snags 40 Rebounds, and Cousy Runs Around the Court to Run the Clock Out

Game 7 1962 NBA Finals vs. Lakers

3) The Greatest Game in NBA History

Game 5 of the 1976 NBA Finals: Celtics win 128-126 in triple overtime and would win Game 6 to take the championship. Jo Jo White dropped 33 and Cousy thought he had won the game on a runner but there was time on the clock. Suns’ Garfield Heard and hit a turn around jumper to force triple OT. But the Celts prevailed.

2) Larry’s Steal and Assist to Dennis Johnson

Game 5 of the 1987 Eastern Conference Finals: Celtics down 106-105, and boom Bird steals the ball and dishes it to DJ for the win!

1) “Havlicek Stole The Ball”

Game 7 of the 1965 Eastern Conference Finals: John Havlicek steals the ball the insure the victory, 110-109. What makes it even more legendary is Johhny Most’s radio call, “Havlicek stole the ball!”


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