celtics

By Ben Couch

June 4, 2008 -- The Boston Celtics are back.

After 21 years, the Celtics return to the NBA Finals, where they'll take on the Los Angeles Lakers -- who ousted them in six games during Boston's last Finals appearance (the 1986-87 season).

One year after winning only 24 games, Boston led the league with 66 victories, spurred by the Defensive Player of the Year, Kevin Garnett, and their captain, 10-year vet Paul Pierce. The acquisition of KG was the culmination of a summer restructuring that began with a draft-night trade that netted the team Ray Allen. The machinations that created Boston's "Big Three" earned General Manager Danny Ainge recognition as Executive of the Year.

After crushing all regular-season competition, the Celtics struggled through the early rounds of the playoffs, needing seven games to dispatch Atlanta and then Cleveland. But they managed to win twice on the road in Detroit, sending the Pistons home in six. That accomplished, the East's best team now faces the winner of the West.

On the left side of the page you'll find links to our coverage of the Celtics, in all their incarnations, and on the right side you'll find a collection of photo galleries featuring the team, followed by a vast array of video highlights documenting this storied franchise.

There's plenty to feast your eyes on, so you might want to exercise your mouse hand before click your way through this tonnage of Celtic tradition. You could be here for a while.

THE SPECTACULAR SEASON
THE BIG TICKET

Video: The Big Three
Historical Comparison: Best 20-Game Starts
Texas Triangle: 3 for 3
Texas Triangle: Statement Made
Recap: C's Clinch a Playoff Berth
Recap: C's Clinch Home Court
Recap: C's Reach the Finals
Video: C's Celebrate East Crown
Danny Ainge: Aces (Super)Star Search
Video: Executive of the Year

The Trade: C's Acquire Garnett
Awards 2008: KG Makes All-NBA First Team
Awards 2008: KG Named Defensive Player of the Year
Awards 2008: KG Makes All-NBA Defensive Team
Video: KG Wins Defensive Player of the Year
Video: KG's Top 10 Defensive Plays of '07-08

THE TRUTH
RAY ALLEN

Info: Career Stats
Conf. Semis: Pierce Punks the Cavs
Video: Top 10 Plays of 2007-08
Video: Pierce Drops 41 on Cavs
Video: Pistons Can't Handle

Info: Career Stats
Conf. Finals: Ray Rocks the Pistons
Video: Ray Allen's NBA Journey
Video: Ray's Game-Winner
Video: Ray Rediscovers His Stroke

ROLE PLAYING
TRADITION

Info: Team Stats
Rajon Rondo: Fifth-Most Improved
James Posey: Eighth Sixth Man
Video: Rajon Rondo's Top 10 (2007-08)
Video: All Access -- Rajon Rondo
Video: Leon Powe's Game-Winner

Celtics.com: Celtics History
Top 10 Teams: 1964-65 Celtics
Top 10 Teams: 1985-86 Celtics
Added Incentive: 1968-69 Celtics
NBA Encyclopedia: Dynasty Stats
Red Auerbach: A Tribute
Video: Remembering Red

BILL RUSSELL
LARRY LEGEND

Info: Bio and Stats
Feature: Timeless Excellence
Video: Winning Combo: Red and Russ
Video: Russ and KG Part I
Video: Russ and KG Part II
Video: Oden Learns from the Greatest
Video: Chamberlain on Russell

Info: Bio and Stats
Tribute: Bird at 50
Finals Advice: Handling the Pressure
Feature: When Bird Met Magic
Feature: Coaching Larry Legend
Video - 2006: Bird Highlights
Video: Best Passing Forward Ever
Video: Bird's 60-Point Game
Video: Danny Ainge -- Bird Stories

EUROPE LIVE 2007
CELTICS.com

Europe Live 2007: Index Page
Big Three: Star at the Palalottomatica
Blog: Training Camp Euroblog
Wallpapers: Exclusive Celtics Pics
Video: Ray Allen Breaks Out for 28

History
Celtics Lore
Playoffs 2008 News
Playoff Post Ups
Back Where They Belong
Complete News Archive
Video: Celtic Vision HD

Celtics Photo Galleries:
Kevin Garnett
Bill Russell and KG
Larry Bird
Celtics History


Draft 2008 Preview: Boston Celtics
A look at the Boston Celtics' draft situation.
Top 10 Plays: East Finals
Check out the top 10 plays from the Celtics and Pistons, including a powerful slam from Kevin Garnett.
Top 10 Plays: Celtics-Cavaliers 2008 Playoffs
The top 10 plays of the Eastern Conference semifinals series between the Celtics and Cavaliers.
Top 10 Plays: Celtics-Hawks 2008 Playoffs
Watch the top 10 plays of the 2008 Eastern Conference first-round series between the Celtics and Hawks.
KG's Top 10 Plays of 2007-08
Watch the top 10 plays Kevin Garnett made during the 2007-08 season.
Inside the Mind of Kevin Garnett
Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett talks about his passion for the game of basketball.
The Boston Celtics Introduce Kevin Garnett
Watch as the Boston Celtics introduce their newest addition in Kevin Garnett.
Paul Pierce's 2003 Trip to L.A.
Take a look back as Paul Pierce took a helicopter ride around his hometown of L.A. on a 2003 episode of NBA Inside Stuff.
Larry Bird-Magic Johnson Rivalry
NBA TV explores the legendary rivalry between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.
1984 Finals: Celtics-Lakers
With the Celtics and Lakers meeting in this year's Finals, take a look back at their memorable series in 1984.
Top 10 Plays: Celtics-Lakers 1984 Finals
Check out the top plays from the 1984 NBA Finals, including clutch steals by Boston's Gerald Henderson and M.L. Carr.
Bird Stories: Who's finishing second?
Writer Steve Bullpitt tells a story about Larry preparing for the 3-point contest.
Larry Bird's Retirement Ceremony
Watch Larry Bird's retirement ceremony, including Magic Johnson's touching tribute to the Celtics legend.
NBA TV: The Celtics Dynasty
Watch how the Boston Celtics built their basketball dynasty in the 60s.
Game to Remember: 1966 Finals Game 7
A pair of Celtics legends look back at playing in Red Auerbach's last game as head coach in a decisive Game 7 vs. the Lakers.

Monday
Oct. 26
Rosters set for opening day

Tuesday
Oct. 27
Start of 2009-10 regular season

Saturday
April 18
2009 NBA Playoffs begin


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