The last time the Celtics made the Eastern Conference Finals was in 1988. Here is a snap shot of the season:
It stood as the first time in five seasons that the Celtics did not advance to the NBA Finals.
The Celtics finished with a 57-25 regular season record, the best in the Eastern Conference.
The Celtics scored an average of 113.6 points per game.
Larry Bird established a career-high for points per game in a season (29.9).
Kevin McHale (.604) and Robert Parish (.589) finished 1, 2 in the NBA in field goal percentage.
Dirk Minniefield was named the team’s “Sixth Man of the Year”.
Here is what was also going on in our world at the time:
Movies: The Last Emperor is named Best Picture. Also in the movies: Rain Man, Missisippi Burning, Bull Durham.
Music: Paul Simon’s Graceland wins Record of the Year. U2’s Joshua Tree wins Album of the Year. Song of The Year is Somewhere Out There.
TV: The Wonder Years wins an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.
Broadway: Phantom of the Opera wins a Tony Award for Best Musical
In The News:
Ted Turner starts the TNT network.
CD’s outsell vinyl for the first time.
Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis runs for President as Democratic Nominee. He loses to the Republican nominee, Vice President George Bush.
U.S. and Canada reach agreement on N.A.F.T.A.
Pan-Am Flight 103 explodes due to a terrorist’s bomb over Lockerbie, Scotland.
The Wide-World of Sports:
NBA: The L.A. Lakers defeat the Detroit Pistons in Seven Games in the NBA Finals.
NHL: The Edmonton Oilers sweep the Boston Bruins, 4-0, in the Stanley Cup Finals.
NFL: The Washington Redskins defeat the Denver Broncos, 42-10, in the Super Bowl.
NCAA Football: Notre Dame wins a National Title with a 12-0 season.
NCAA Basketball: Danny Manning and the Kansas Jayhawks win the NCAA title with a 83-79 win over the Oklahoma Sooners.
Olympics: U .S. Swimmer Matt Biondi wins 5 Golds, and seven medals all together, at the Summer Olympics in Seoul.
Compiled By Reagan Berube