Larry Bird’s Fight With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Took a Back Seat to the Clothesline in the 1984 NBA Finals

The Boston Celtics missed out on hoisting Banner No. 18 when they came up short against the Golden State Warriors in the 2022 NBA Finals. Instead of focusing on what would have been an NBA-best 18th banner, we’ll take a look back at Boston’s Banner No. 15.

That took place in 1984 against the rival Los Angeles Lakers. The rivals met for the first time in the championship round since 1969. The Celtics literally had to fight their way back into the series as the Lakers dominated play early and threatened to break open the series.

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