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Re: Most Painful Loss in Celtics History
« Reply #30 on: June 07, 2016, 10:49:26 AM »

Offline rocknrollforyoursoul

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For you youngsters out there, the Celtics won 68 games during the regular season. During the eastern conference finals, John Havlicek hurt his shoulder and tried to play shooting left handed. The best Celtics team to not win a championship.

All was restored the following season when they won it all in 1974 so I don't see it as much of a disappointment

Well, a missed title can never be regained, though I understand what you're saying. I suppose that if the Celtics ripped off 3 or 4 over the next decade, that would sort of "make up" for 2010.  ;D

2010 finals was more disappointing because they haven't won anything since 2008. Any new generations of Celtics who might win it all in the future no longer have connection to the 2009-2010 team.

You're right. I did say "sort of."  ;)
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Re: Most Painful Loss in Celtics History
« Reply #31 on: June 07, 2016, 10:55:10 AM »

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Re: Most Painful Loss in Celtics History
« Reply #32 on: June 07, 2016, 11:00:35 AM »

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'10 was an absolute stomach punch.  The way that game took a turn for the worse in the 2nd half still irks me.  I can't bring myself to watch any replay of that game.

I was only 6 years old for '87 so only have very vague recollections of that series.  Certainly wasn't emotionally invested as I was in '10. 

Losing the '02 ECF hurt me at the time.  I was wrapping up my junior year at BC and living in Brighton for the summer.  Had the playoff strip.   The organization had been at rock bottom for such a long time that the whole '02 was one helluva rollercoaster.  After pulling off that epic comeback in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead, I really thought we were going to see a Lakers-Celtics NBA Finals (admittedly, the C's would've gotten smoked).    So losing the next 3 games in a row was a big stomach punch. 


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Re: Most Painful Loss in Celtics History
« Reply #33 on: June 07, 2016, 12:06:18 PM »

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Game 3 of 1987 Finals. Nagic's baby hook to beat the Cs and take a commanding lead in the series. Still convinced if the Celtics had gotten Kareem's missed foul shot, the game was over and the C's would have won that series. Instead the rebound went off Boston, LA inbounded the ball, Magic hit the baby hook and Larry missed the three pointer with no time left. Game and basically series to LA. UGH!!!

Mychal Thompson went over McHale's back and knocked it out of bounds...Refs automatically gave the ball to L.A.----would be replay nowadays.....McHale went straight up to secure the ball---then the ball went flying out of bounds at a Horizontal angle.
All true. I was just summarizing and didnt want to relive it over again. Still that play was the most important in the game. If the Celtics got that rebound, the game was over and I think the Cs win that series in 7 maybe 6 games. That play changed the entire series.

Agreed...The Lakers have been so freaking lucky...our 1987 team was decimated with injuries and the death of Len Bias...C's should rightfully have at least 4 more Championships.

Lakers should be stripped of their 2002 title. And at least 11 of them belongs to Minnesota. So in reality, Los Angeles should only have like 5 titles.

Can you explain about the 2002 title? I guess I don't know what that's about.

Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals.

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« Reply #34 on: June 07, 2016, 12:10:29 PM »

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Re: Most Painful Loss in Celtics History
« Reply #35 on: June 07, 2016, 12:53:01 PM »

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Game 3 of 1987 Finals. Nagic's baby hook to beat the Cs and take a commanding lead in the series. Still convinced if the Celtics had gotten Kareem's missed foul shot, the game was over and the C's would have won that series. Instead the rebound went off Boston, LA inbounded the ball, Magic hit the baby hook and Larry missed the three pointer with no time left. Game and basically series to LA. UGH!!!

Mychal Thompson went over McHale's back and knocked it out of bounds...Refs automatically gave the ball to L.A.----would be replay nowadays.....McHale went straight up to secure the ball---then the ball went flying out of bounds at a Horizontal angle.
All true. I was just summarizing and didnt want to relive it over again. Still that play was the most important in the game. If the Celtics got that rebound, the game was over and I think the Cs win that series in 7 maybe 6 games. That play changed the entire series.
for me it was a tie between game 3 with that (expletive) hook shot and game 6 when it felt like the end of the C's dominance in the conference.  C's didn't get back to the finals until 2008. 

I'd put 2010 game 7 right after that.

Re: Most Painful Loss in Celtics History
« Reply #36 on: June 07, 2016, 12:55:50 PM »

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Baby Hook was Game 4.  Celtics won Game 3 of that series. 


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Re: Most Painful Loss in Celtics History
« Reply #37 on: June 07, 2016, 01:01:01 PM »

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Game 3 of 1987 Finals. Nagic's baby hook to beat the Cs and take a commanding lead in the series. Still convinced if the Celtics had gotten Kareem's missed foul shot, the game was over and the C's would have won that series. Instead the rebound went off Boston, LA inbounded the ball, Magic hit the baby hook and Larry missed the three pointer with no time left. Game and basically series to LA. UGH!!!

Mychal Thompson went over McHale's back and knocked it out of bounds...Refs automatically gave the ball to L.A.----would be replay nowadays.....McHale went straight up to secure the ball---then the ball went flying out of bounds at a Horizontal angle.
All true. I was just summarizing and didnt want to relive it over again. Still that play was the most important in the game. If the Celtics got that rebound, the game was over and I think the Cs win that series in 7 maybe 6 games. That play changed the entire series.

Agreed...The Lakers have been so freaking lucky...our 1987 team was decimated with injuries and the death of Len Bias...C's should rightfully have at least 4 more Championships.

Lakers should be stripped of their 2002 title. And at least 11 of them belongs to Minnesota. So in reality, Los Angeles should only have like 5 titles.

Can you explain about the 2002 title? I guess I don't know what that's about.

Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals.

Ah, yes, the Kings debacle. I remember.
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« Reply #38 on: June 07, 2016, 01:07:23 PM »

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Baby Hook was Game 4.  Celtics won Game 3 of that series.

Yes, Game 4 in 1987. Lost by one to the Lakers. Still the toughest loss to me. Game was in Boston and would have tied the series 2-2.

From Wikipedia:

"What followed was another play for the ages. Magic set a pick on Kevin McHale, which almost opened up a lay-up for Worthy, but Dennis Johnson was able to switch over in time on help defense. However, that left McHale scrambling to guard Magic who just got open and received the inbounds pass near the left sideline. Twenty feet from the basket, Magic had the advantage on the post-defender McHale. Magic dribbled, hesitated to get McHale off-balance, then drove into the key. Magic then lofted a hook shot, which just cleared the fingertips of both McHale and Parish, and swished through the net giving the Lakers a 107-106 lead with only 2 seconds left.

The Celtics still had one last shot, Dennis inbounded the ball to Bird, who had broke to the corner of the basket after faking out Worthy by walking him up the court. Larry, to his surprise, found himself wide open behind the 3-point line right in front of the Lakers' bench. Bird caught the in bounds pass from Johnson, turned, and put up a fall-away jumper as time expired. The shot was off the mark, and the Boston crowd let out a collective groan as the Lakers' bench danced off the court to celebrate the hard-fought victory, which gave the Lakers a commanding 3-1 series lead."
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Re: Most Painful Loss in Celtics History
« Reply #39 on: June 07, 2016, 01:41:06 PM »

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Baby Hook was Game 4.  Celtics won Game 3 of that series.
TP....good pick up. My old man memory isnt what it used to be.

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« Reply #40 on: June 07, 2016, 01:45:13 PM »

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Baby Hook was Game 4.  Celtics won Game 3 of that series.
TP....good pick up. My old man memory isnt what it used to be.

Without a doubt. What a bunch of heart that 87 team had. I remember Kite coming up huge in game 3. Think we won 109-103. That's going off memory...that series, with all those injuries, still stings.

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« Reply #41 on: June 08, 2016, 06:07:05 PM »

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« Reply #42 on: June 08, 2016, 06:19:25 PM »

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I would go with game 7 2010. We looked great until Rasheed's back gave out. We couldn't defend LA's size without him.

The baby hook haunted me for years though.

Re: Most Painful Loss in Celtics History
« Reply #43 on: June 25, 2016, 10:50:27 PM »

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The 1985 Lakers winning for the first time vs Boston and in the Garden would be my pick. However I can stomach Magic and the others on that team winning over us somewhat. I cannot take it that Kobe got one on us and in a game 7 that we played well in. So my vote is 2010 game 7.

Iíd also like to throw in game one in 1993 Charlotte Hornets vs Celtics. Because I remember Reggie Lewis collapsing to the floor and like everyone else didnít know that would be the last time he ever played for us.
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« Reply #44 on: June 25, 2016, 11:01:10 PM »

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Only lived for 23 years, so definitely Game 7 of 2010.

Game 7 of 2009 East Semis was pretty bad too, but that was when we were without KG and Leon Powe.

Game 6 of 2012 East Finals was terrible. We had that series in our hands, but our old age gave in.