1987–88 Boston Celtics season

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1987–88 Boston Celtics season
Atlantic Division Champions
Head coach K.C. Jones
Owner(s) Don Gaston, Alan N. Cohen, Paul Dupee
Arena Boston Garden
Hartford Civic Center
Results
Record 57–25 (.695)
Place Division: 1st (Atlantic)
Conference: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish East Conference Finals
(eliminated 2-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television SportsChannel New England, WLVI, WTXX, WTIC-TV
Radio WHDH, WTIC Radio
< 1986–87 1988–89 >

The 1987–88 Boston Celtics season was the 42nd season of the Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association (NBA). They advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the fifth consecutive time, becoming the first team to do so since the 1968–69 Boston Celtics (which reached the previous thirteen).

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1987 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 22 Reggie Lewis SF  United States Northeastern
2 45 Brad Lohaus C/PF  United States Iowa
4 70 Tom Sheehey  United States Virginia
4 91 Darryl Kennedy  United States Oklahoma
5 114 David Butler  United States California
6 137 Tim Naegeli  United States Wisconsin–Stevens Point
7 160 Jerry Corcoran  United States Northeastern

Roster[edit]

Boston Celtics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
F/C 42 United States Acres, Mark 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1962–11–15 Oral Roberts University
G/F 44 United States Ainge, Danny 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1959–03–17 Brigham Young
F 33 United States Bird, Larry (C) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1956–12–07 Indiana State University
G/F 20 United States Daye, Darren (waived) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1960–11–30 UCLA
C 53 United States Gilmore, Artis 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1949–09–21 Jacksonville University
G 43 United States Henry, Conner (waived) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1963–07–21 UC Santa Barbara
G 3 United States Johnson, Dennis 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1954–09–18 Pepperdine
C 50 United States Kite, Greg (waived) 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1961–08–05 Brigham Young
G/F 35 United States Lewis, Reggie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1965–11–21 Northeastern
F/C 54 United States Lohaus, Brad 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1964–09–29 Iowa
F/C 32 United States McHale, Kevin 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1957–12–19 Minnesota
G 11 United States Minniefield, Dirk 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1961–01–17 Kentucky
C 00 United States Parish, Robert 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1953–08–30 Centenary College of Louisiana
G/F 4 United States Paxson, Jim (from POR) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1957–07–09 Dayton
F/C 31 United States Roberts, Fred 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 218 lb (99 kg) 1960–08–10 Brigham Young
G 12 United States Sichting, Jerry (to POR) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 168 lb (76 kg) 1956–11–29 Purdue
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)



Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Roster

[1]

Depth chart[edit]

PG-3 Dennis Johnson SG-44 Danny Ainge SF-33 Larry Bird PF-32 Kevin McHale C-00 Robert Parrish

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Team W L PCT. GB
Boston Celtics 57 25 .695 -
New York Knicks 38 44 .463 19
Washington Bullets 38 44 .463 19
Philadelphia 76ers 36 46 .439 21
New Jersey Nets 19 63 .231 38

Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

East First Round[edit]

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (8) New York Knicks: Celtics win series 3-1

Last Playoff Meeting: 1984 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Boston won 4-3)

East Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (4) Atlanta Hawks: Celtics win series 4-3

  • Game 1 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 11): Boston 110, Atlanta 101
  • Game 2 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 13): Boston 108, Atlanta 97
  • Game 3 @ The Omni, Atlanta (May 15): Atlanta 110, Boston 92
  • Game 4 @ The Omni, Atlanta (May 16): Atlanta 118, Boston 109
  • Game 5 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 18): Atlanta 112, Boston 104
  • Game 6 @ The Omni, Atlanta (May 20): Boston 102, Atlanta 100
  • Game 7 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 22): Boston 118, Atlanta 116

Last Playoff Meeting: 1986 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Boston won 4-1)

East Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (2) Detroit Pistons: Pistons win series 4-2

Last Playoff Meeting: 1987 Eastern Conference Finals (Boston won 4-3)

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Season[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]

See also[edit]