As the Celtics’ veteran roster grew older, the team had reduced on-court success.
Allen left in free agency in 2012, and the team traded away Garnett and Pierce after the 2012–13 campaign in an effort to spur a rebuilding process centred on younger players.
That same year Boston acquired one of the greatest players in league history—and arguably the most beloved Celtic of all time—when they selected sharpshooting forward Larry Bird in the NBA draft.
The NBA reached new levels of popularity with the excitement generated by the supremacy battle between the Lakers led by Magic Johnson and a Celtics team led by Bird (who had a rivalry with Johnson dating back to their college days), Robert Parish, In the mid-1990s the Celtics experienced the first prolonged play-off drought in the franchise’s history—six straight years beginning with the 1995–96 season.
Both players were limited by significant injuries during the regular season, but the remaining young Celtics core outperformed expectations, leading Boston to the second best record in the Eastern Conference and on an unexpectedly long play-off run that ended in a seven-game conference finals loss to the Cavaliers.
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Team Names: Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Braves, Boston Braves, Boston Bees, Boston Rustlers, Boston Doves, Boston Beaneaters, Boston Red Stockings Also played as a National Association Franchise Seasons: 143 (1876 to 2018) Record: 10562-10564, .500 W-L% Playoff Appearances: 24 Pennants: 17 World Championships: 3 Winningest Manager: Bobby Cox, 2149-1709, .557 W-L% League AL - American League (1901-present)NL - National League (1876-present)AA - American Association (1882-1891)UA - Union Association (1884)PL - Players League (1890)FL - Federal League (1914-1915)NA - National Association (1871-1875)" Ties Prior to lights and tarps it was common for games to be called on account of darkness or rainand then replayed in full at a later date. Some leagues also do not play unlimited numbers of innings." Games Back of Division/League Leader Computed as games over .500 of leader (W-L) minus games over .500 of team divided by two.
Typically computed at the end of play for a particular day.
One of the most successful franchises in sports history, the Celtics won 11 of 13 National Basketball Association (NBA) championships from 1957 to 1969. Founded in Boston in 1946 by Boston Garden, on whose distinctive parquet court the green-and-white-clad Celtics thrived until the franchise moved to a new arena, now known as TD Garden, in 1995–96.When the Celtics returned to the postseason, they often lost in the early rounds.This changed during the 2007–08 season when the Celtics made the greatest single-season turnaround in NBA history, finishing with the league’s best record and posting a 42-win improvement after the off-season addition of superstars Paul Pierce.The second of those championships included a dramatic triple-overtime victory over the Phoenix Suns in game five of the finals.In 1978 the Celtics were involved in an unusual transaction after the NBA blocked the team’s owner, Irv Levin, from moving the franchise to his native California. Brown, owner of the Buffalo Braves, traded franchises.They advanced to the NBA finals, where they defeated the rival Lakers for a ninth time and won the 17th title in franchise history.