1989–90 Boston Celtics season

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1989–90 Boston Celtics season
Dennis Johnson's final season
Head coach Jim Rodgers
Owner(s) Don Gaston, Alan N. Cohen, Paul Dupee
Arena Boston Garden
Hartford Civic Center
Results
Record 52–30 (.634)
Place Division: 2nd (Atlantic)
Conference: 4th (Eastern)
Playoff finish East First Round
(eliminated 2–3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television SportsChannel New England, WLVI, WTXX, WTIC-TV
Radio WHDH, WTIC Radio
< 1988–89 1990–91 >

The 1989–90 Boston Celtics season was the 44th season of the Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1989 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College/Team
1 13 Michael Smith SF/PF  United States Brigham Young
2 40 Dino Radja PF  Croatia KK Jugoplastika

Roster[edit]

00 Robert Parish
3 Dennis Johnson
4 Jim Paxson
5 John Bagley
7 Kelvin Upshaw
11 Michael Smith
13 Charles Smith
20 Brian Shaw
31 Ronnie Grandison
32 Kevin McHale
33 Larry Bird
34 Kevin Gamble
35 Reggie Lewis
45 Ramon Rivas
53 Joe Kleine
54 Ed Pinckney
Source:[1]

Depth chart[edit]

Rk Player Age G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1 Larry Bird 33 75 75 39.3 9.6 20.2 .473 0.9 2.6 .333 4.3 4.6 .930 1.2 8.3 9.5 7.5 1.4 0.8 3.2 2.3 24.3
2 Kevin McHale 32 82 25 33.2 7.9 14.4 .549 0.3 0.8 .333 4.8 5.4 .893 2.5 5.8 8.3 2.1 0.4 1.9 2.2 3.0 20.9
3 Reggie Lewis 24 79 54 31.9 6.8 13.8 .496 0.1 0.2 .267 3.2 4.0 .808 1.4 3.0 4.4 2.8 1.1 0.8 1.5 2.7 17.0
4 Robert Parish 36 79 78 30.3 6.4 11.0 .580 0.0 0.0 2.9 3.9 .747 3.3 6.8 10.1 1.3 0.5 0.9 2.1 2.4 15.7
5 Dennis Johnson 35 75 65 27.1 2.7 6.3 .434 0.0 0.3 .042 1.6 1.9 .843 0.6 2.0 2.7 6.5 1.1 0.2 1.6 2.4 7.1
6 Jim Paxson 32 72 25 17.8 2.7 5.9 .453 0.1 0.3 .250 1.0 1.3 .811 0.3 0.7 1.1 1.9 0.5 0.1 0.8 1.6 6.4
7 Joe Kleine 28 81 4 16.9 2.2 4.5 .480 0.0 0.0 .000 1.0 1.2 .830 1.4 2.9 4.4 0.6 0.2 0.3 0.8 2.1 5.4
8 Kevin Gamble 24 71 10 13.9 1.9 4.2 .455 0.0 0.3 .167 1.2 1.5 .794 0.6 1.0 1.6 1.7 0.4 0.1 0.6 1.1 5.1
9 Michael Smith 24 65 7 9.5 2.1 4.4 .476 0.0 0.4 .071 0.8 1.0 .828 0.6 0.9 1.5 1.2 0.1 0.0 0.8 0.8 5.0
10 Ed Pinckney 26 77 50 14.1 1.8 3.2 .542 0.0 0.0 .000 1.2 1.5 .773 1.2 1.7 2.9 0.9 0.4 0.5 0.7 1.6 4.7
11 John Bagley 29 54 17 20.3 1.9 4.0 .459 0.0 0.3 .056 0.5 0.7 .744 0.5 1.2 1.6 5.5 0.7 0.1 1.7 1.4 4.3
12 Charles Smith 22 60 0 8.7 1.0 2.2 .444 0.0 0.1 .000 0.9 1.3 .697 0.2 0.9 1.2 1.7 0.6 0.1 0.6 1.3 2.9
13 Kelvin Upshaw 27 14 0 9.4 0.9 2.8 .308 0.1 0.4 .400 0.3 0.4 .667 0.2 0.7 0.9 2.0 0.1 0.1 0.9 1.4 2.1

Source:[2]

Regular season[edit]

Larry Bird, the Celtics star player, was coming back after surgery to both heels the previous season and later said he never felt the same. Despite the injury, the Celtics were able to rise to 2nd place in the Atlantic Division.[3] By the end of the regular season, the Celtics had scored an average of 110 points per a game, and allowed an average of 106 points per game. During the playoffs against the Knicks that year, the Celtics quickly took the first 2 games of the series, but the New York Knicks would come back and rally to win 3 games in a row, sending the Celtics home.[4]

Season standings[edit]

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Philadelphia 76ers 53 29 .646 34–7 19–22 19–7
x-Boston Celtics 52 30 .634 1 30–11 22–19 19–7
x-New York Knicks 45 37 .549 8 29–12 16–25 17–9
Washington Bullets 31 51 .378 22 20–21 11–30 10–16
Miami Heat 18 64 .220 35 11–30 7–34 4–22
New Jersey Nets 17 65 .207 36 13–28 4–37 9–17
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Detroit Pistons 59 23 .720
2 y-Philadelphia 76ers 53 29 .646 6
3 x-Chicago Bulls 55 27 .671 4
4 x-Boston Celtics 52 30 .634 7
5 x-New York Knicks 45 37 .549 14
6 x-Milwaukee Bucks 44 38 .537 15
7 x-Cleveland Cavaliers 42 40 .512 17
8 x-Indiana Pacers 42 40 .512 17
9 Atlanta Hawks 41 41 .500 18
10 Washington Bullets 31 51 .378 28
11 Miami Heat 18 64 .220 41
11 Orlando Magic 18 64 .220 41
13 New Jersey Nets 17 65 .207 42

Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

East First Round[edit]

(4) Boston Celtics vs. (5) New York Knicks: Knicks win series 3–2

Last Playoff Meeting: 1988 Eastern Conference First Round (Boston won 3–1)

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]

See also[edit]

References[edit]