1983–84 Boston Celtics season

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1983–84 Boston Celtics season
Fifteenth NBA Championship
Head coach K. C. Jones
General manager Red Auerbach
Owner(s) Don Gaston, Alan N. Cohen, Paul Dupee
Arena Boston Garden
Hartford Civic Center
Results
Record 62–20 (.756)
Place Division: 1st (Atlantic)
Conference: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Champions

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television SportsChannel New England, WBZ, WTXX
Radio WRKO, WTIC
< 1982–83 1984–85 >

The 1983–84 Boston Celtics were champions of the National Basketball Association (NBA) led by regular season and finals MVP Larry Bird.

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 21 Greg Kite Center  United States BYU

Roster[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Robert Parish Kevin McHale Greg Kite
PF Larry Bird Scott Wedman
SF Cedric Maxwell M. L. Carr
SG Dennis Johnson Danny Ainge Carlos Clark
PG Gerald Henderson Quinn Buckner

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Boston Celtics 62 20 .756 33–8 29–12 13–11
x-Philadelphia 76ers 52 30 .634 10 32–9 20–21 15–9
x-New York Knicks 47 35 .573 15 29–12 18–23 12–12
x-New Jersey Nets 45 37 .549 17 29–12 16–25 12–12
x-Washington Bullets 35 47 .427 27 25–16 10–31 8–16
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Boston Celtics 62 20 .756
2 y-Milwaukee Bucks 50 32 .610 12
3 x-Philadelphia 76ers 52 30 .634 10
4 x-Detroit Pistons 49 33 .598 13
5 x-New York Knicks 47 35 .573 15
6 x-New Jersey Nets 45 37 .549 17
7 x-Atlanta Hawks 40 42 .488 22
8 x-Washington Bullets 35 47 .427 27
9 Cleveland Cavaliers 28 54 .341 34
10 Chicago Bulls 27 55 .329 35
11 Indiana Pacers 26 56 .317 36
z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Player stats[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; REB= Rebounds; AST= Assists; STL = Steals; BLK = Blocks; PTS = Points; AVG = Scoring Average

Player GP REB AST STL BLK PTS AVG
Larry Bird 79 796 520 144 69 1908 24.2
Robert Parish 80 857 139 55 116 1520 19.0
Kevin McHale 82 610 104 23 126 1511 18.4
Dennis Johnson 80 280 338 93 57 1053 13.2
Cedric Maxwell 80 461 205 63 24 955 11.9
Gerald Henderson 78 147 300 117 14 908 11.6
Danny Ainge 71 116 162 41 4 384 5.4
Scott Wedman 68 139 67 27 7 327 4.8
Quinn Buckner 79 137 214 84 3 324 4.1
M.L. Carr 60 75 49 17 4 185 3.1
Greg Kite 35 62 7 1 5 65 1.9
Carlos Clark 31 17 17 8 1 54 1.7

Playoffs[edit]

Eastern Conference First Round[edit]

Boston defeats the Washington Bullets three games to one (3-1) in a best of five series.

Eastern Conference SemiFinals[edit]

Boston defeats the New York Knicks four games to three (4-3) in a best of seven series.

Eastern Conference Finals[edit]

Boston defeats the Milwaukee Bucks four games to one (4-1) in a best of seven series.

NBA finals[edit]

Game One[edit]

The Lakers opened the series with a 115-109 victory at Boston Garden.

Game Two[edit]

In Game 2, the Lakers led 113-111 with 18 seconds left when Gerald Henderson stole a James Worthy pass to score a game tying layup and the Celtics eventually prevailed in overtime 124-121.

Game Three[edit]

In Game 3, the Lakers raced to an easy 137-104 victory as Magic Johnson dished out 21 assists. After the game, Larry Bird said his team played like "sissies" in an attempt to light a fire under his teammates.

Game Four[edit]

In Game 4, the Lakers had a five point game lead with less than a minute to play, but made several execution errors as the Celtics tied the game and then came away with a 129-125 victory in overtime. The game was also marked by Celtic forward Kevin McHale's takedown of Laker forward Kurt Rambis on a breakaway layup which triggered the physical aspect of the rivalry. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would go after Larry Bird later on in the third quarter, and 1981 Finals MVP Cedric Maxwell further antagonized the Lakers by following a missed James Worthy free throw by crossing the lane with his hands around his own neck, symbolizing that Worthy was "choking" under pressure. Also, Bird pushed Michael Cooper to the baseline following the inbound play during the second quarter.

Game Five[edit]

In Game 5, the Celtics took a 3-2 series lead as Larry Bird scored 34 points. The game was known as the "Heat Game", as it was played under 97-degree heat, and without any air conditioning, at Boston Garden. The Celtics did not warm up with their sweat pants on because of extreme heat, and oxygen tanks were provided to give air to exhausted players.

Game Six[edit]

In Game 6, the Lakers evened the series with a 119-108 victory. In the game the Lakers answered the Celtics' rough tactics when Laker forward James Worthy shoved Cedric Maxwell into a basket support. After the game a Laker fan threw a beer at Celtics guard M.L. Carr as he left the floor, causing him to label the series "all-out-war."

Game Seven[edit]

In Game 7, the heat that was an issue in Game 5 was not so bad (indoor temperatures hovered around 91 degrees during the game, due to additional fans being brought in to try to cool the air). The Celtics were led by Cedric Maxwell who had 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as they came away with a 111-102 victory. In the game the Lakers rallied from a 14-point-deficit to three with one minute remaining when Cedric Maxwell knocked the ball away from Magic Johnson. Dennis Johnson responded by sinking two free throws to seal the victory. Larry Bird was named MVP of the series.

The series was the eighth time in NBA history that the Celtics and Lakers met in the NBA finals, with Boston winning each time.

Award winners[edit]

  • Larry Bird, NBA Free Throw Percentage Leader (88.8%)
  • Larry Bird, NBA Most Valuable Player
  • Larry Bird, NBA Finals Most Valuable Player
  • Larry Bird, All-NBA First Team
  • Kevin McHale, Sixth Man of the Year Award

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