1988-89 Boston Celtics Season
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1988%E2%80%9389 Boston Celtics Season
1988-89 Boston Celtics season
Head coachJim Rodgers
OwnersDon Gaston
Alan N. Cohen
Paul Dupee
ArenaBoston Garden
Hartford Civic Center
Results
Record42–40 (.512)
PlaceDivision: 3rd (Atlantic)
Conference: 8th (Eastern)
Playoff finishEast First Round
(Lost to Pistons 0-3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionWLVI
(Gil Santos, Bob Cousy)
SportsChannel New England
(Mike Gorman, Tom Heinsohn)
RadioWEEI
(Johnny Most, Glenn Ordway)

The 1988-89 Boston Celtics season was the 43rd season of the Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1] This was the first season for Jim Rodgers as head coach. Rodgers had been a Celtics assistant coach prior to this season. This year's Celtics team was severely hindered by the loss of star forward Larry Bird to a heel injury which required surgery. Bird played only six early-season games before being lost to injury. Initially, Bird was expected back in March, but it was delayed and ultimately became a season-ending injury. The results were dramatic as the Celtics, who had averaged over 60 wins per season thus far in the 1980s, fell to just 42 wins in this season. Coming into the season, the Celtics had been the Eastern Conference's #1 seed five years in a row. This season they were the #8 seed, clinching a playoff spot in the season's final game. This season included some bright spots, particularly the emergence of second-year guard Reggie Lewis, who had been only a minimal bench contributor in his rookie season of 1987-88, but averaged nearly 20 points per game as a starter in 1988-89.

The Celtics were still dangerous at Boston Garden (defeating both the Lakers and Pistons) but struggled mightily away from home, failing to record a road win over a team with a winning record.

The Celtics faced the Detroit Pistons in the postseason for the 4th time in 5 seasons, but this time much earlier, in the first round. The Pistons were heavily favored but hope arose for a competitive series when the Celtics activated Bird for their playoff roster. However, Bird never suited for a game and the Pistons easily dispatched the Celtics in a three-game sweep.

Draft picks

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 24 Brian Shaw SG  United States UCSB
3 74 Gerald Paddio SF/SG  United States UNLV

Roster

Regular season

Season standings

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-New York Knicks 52 30 .634 - 35-6 17-24 18-12
x-Philadelphia 76ers 46 36 .561 6 30-11 16-25 19-11
x-Boston Celtics 42 40 .512 10 32-9 10-31 19-11
Washington Bullets 40 42 .488 12 30-11 10-31 17-13
New Jersey Nets 26 56 .317 26 17-24 9-32 9-21
Charlotte Hornets 20 62 .244 32 12-29 8-33 8-22
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Detroit Pistons 63 19 .768 -
2 y-New York Knicks 52 30 .634 11
3 x-Cleveland Cavaliers 57 25 .695 6
4 x-Atlanta Hawks 52 30 .634 11
5 x-Milwaukee Bucks 49 33 .598 14
6 x-Chicago Bulls 47 35 .573 16
7 x-Philadelphia 76ers 46 36 .561 17
8 x-Boston Celtics 42 40 .512 21
9 Washington Bullets 40 42 .488 23
10 Indiana Pacers 28 54 .341 35
11 New Jersey Nets 26 56 .317 37
12 Charlotte Hornets 20 62 .244 43


Record vs. opponents

1988-89 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIA MIL NJN NYK PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA UTA WAS
Atlanta -- 3-1 4-1 4-2 4-2 1-1 0-2 1-5 1-1 1-1 5-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 6-0 4-1 2-2 2-2 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 3-1
Boston 1-3 -- 6-0 1-3 1-4 1-1 1-1 1-3 1-1 1-1 2-3 2-0 1-1 2-0 2-2 5-1 3-3 3-3 0-2 1-1 2-0 2-0 0-2 1-1 2-4
Charlotte 1-4 0-6 -- 1-4 0-4 0-2 0-2 0-4 0-2 0-2 2-2 2-0 0-2 1-1 0-4 2-4 2-4 3-3 0-2 0-2 1-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-5
Chicago 2-4 3-1 4-1 -- 0-6 2-0 1-1 0-6 1-1 1-1 4-2 1-1 2-0 2-0 6-0 2-2 3-2 1-3 1-1 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 0-2 3-1
Cleveland 2-4 4-1 4-0 6-0 -- 2-0 2-0 3-3 1-1 1-1 5-1 1-1 0-2 2-0 3-3 4-0 2-2 3-2 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 1-1 1-1 2-2
Dallas 1-1 1-1 2-0 0-2 0-2 -- 3-3 0-2 1-3 1-5 1-1 3-1 0-4 6-0 0-2 1-1 0-2 1-1 1-3 2-2 2-2 5-1 2-2 4-2 1-1
Denver 2-0 1-1 2-0 1-1 0-2 3-3 -- 1-1 3-1 4-2 1-1 2-2 1-3 5-1 0-2 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-3 2-2 3-1 3-3 2-2 3-3 1-1
Detroit 5-1 3-1 4-0 6-0 3-3 2-0 1-1 -- 1-1 1-1 4-2 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-4 4-0 0-4 5-0 2-0 1-1 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 5-0
Golden State 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 3-1 1-3 1-1 -- 1-3 1-1 5-1 2-3 4-0 0-2 2-0 2-0 1-1 2-4 2-4 2-3 3-1 2-4 2-2 1-1
Houston 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 5-1 2-4 1-1 3-1 -- 2-0 2-2 1-3 4-2 1-1 2-0 0-2 0-2 1-3 3-1 2-2 6-0 2-2 2-4 0-2
Indiana 1-5 3-2 2-2 2-4 1-5 1-1 1-1 2-4 1-1 0-2 -- 1-1 0-2 1-1 2-4 1-3 0-5 0-4 1-1 2-0 1-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-3
L.A. Clippers 0-2 0-2 0-2 1-1 1-1 1-3 2-2 0-2 1-5 2-2 1-1 -- 1-5 1-3 0-2 1-1 0-2 0-2 1-5 1-5 2-3 3-1 1-4 1-3 0-2
L.A. Lakers 1-1 1-1 2-0 0-2 2-0 4-0 3-1 0-2 3-2 3-1 2-0 5-1 -- 4-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 3-3 5-0 5-1 3-1 4-2 1-3 1-1
Miami 1-1 0-2 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-6 1-5 0-2 0-4 2-4 1-1 3-1 0-4 -- 0-2 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-4 0-4 1-3 2-4 0-4 1-5 0-2
Milwaukee 0-6 2-2 4-0 0-6 3-3 2-0 2-0 4-2 2-0 1-1 4-2 2-0 1-1 2-0 -- 4-1 1-3 3-1 1-1 2-0 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 4-1
New Jersey 1-4 1-5 4-2 2-2 0-4 1-1 1-1 0-4 0-2 0-2 3-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-4 -- 2-4 1-5 1-1 0-2 1-1 1-1 2-0 0-2 1-5
New York 2-2 3-3 4-2 2-3 2-2 2-0 1-1 4-0 0-2 2-0 5-0 2-0 1-1 1-1 3-1 4-2 -- 2-4 1-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 5-1
Philadelphia 2-2 3-3 3-3 3-1 2-3 1-1 1-1 0-5 1-1 2-0 4-0 2-0 0-2 2-0 1-3 5-1 4-2 -- 0-2 1-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 4-2
Phoenix 1-1 2-0 2-0 1-1 0-2 3-1 3-1 0-2 4-2 3-1 1-1 5-1 3-3 4-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 -- 2-3 5-1 3-1 4-1 2-2 2-0
Portland 1-1 1-1 2-0 0-2 0-2 2-2 2-2 1-1 4-2 1-3 0-2 5-1 0-5 4-0 0-2 2-0 0-2 1-1 3-2 -- 3-3 4-0 2-4 0-4 1-1
Sacramento 0-2 0-2 1-1 0-2 0-2 2-2 1-3 0-2 3-2 2-2 1-1 3-2 1-5 3-1 0-2 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-5 3-3 -- 2-2 1-5 1-3 0-2
San Antonio 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2 1-5 3-3 0-2 1-3 0-6 0-2 1-3 1-3 4-2 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-3 0-4 2-2 -- 0-4 1-5 1-1
Seattle 1-1 2-0 1-1 0-2 1-1 2-2 2-2 0-2 4-2 2-2 1-1 4-1 2-4 4-0 1-1 0-2 1-1 1-1 1-4 4-2 5-1 4-0 -- 3-1 1-1
Utah 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-1 2-4 3-3 0-2 2-2 4-2 1-1 3-1 3-1 5-1 1-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 2-2 4-0 3-1 5-1 1-3 -- 2-0
Washington 1-3 4-2 5-1 1-3 2-2 1-1 1-1 0-5 1-1 2-0 3-1 2-0 1-1 2-0 1-4 5-1 1-5 2-4 0-2 1-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 0-2 --

Game log

Playoffs

East First Round

(1) Detroit Pistons vs. (8) Boston Celtics: Pistons win series 3-0

Last Playoff Meeting: 1988 Eastern Conference Finals (Detroit won 4-2)

Player statistics

Season

Playoffs

Awards and records

Transactions

See also

References


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