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The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team. They play their home games in Boston, Massachusetts. They are a part of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and play in the Atlantic Division.
History[change | edit source]
The Celtics were one of the first NBA teams. Since their start in 1946, they have been one of the most successful teams, winning seventeen NBA championships, including eight championships in a row at one point. The Celtics' seventeen championships is more than any other team. The Celtics play their home games at the TD Garden.
From 2008 to 2013, they were lead by the big three: Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo. But in July 2013, Garnett and Pierce were traded to the Brooklyn Nets,  and Rondo remains out with an injury.
Rival Teams[change | edit source]
Celtics-Lakers Rivalry[change | edit source]
The rivalry between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers is two most of the best franchises in NBA history. It has been called the NBA's best rivalry. The two teams have met a record twelve times in the NBA Finals, starting with their first Finals meeting in 1959. They would go on to win the league in the 1960s and the 1980s, playing each other six times in the 1960s and three times in the 1980s.
The rivalry had been less known since the retirements of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird in the early 1990s, but in 2008 it happened again when the Celtics and Lakers met in the Finals for the first time since 1987, with the Celtics winning the series in six games. They played once again in the 2010 NBA Finals which the Lakers won in seven games. The two teams have won the two highest numbers of championships, the Celtics 17, the Lakers 16; together, the 33 championships account for almost half of the 67 championships in NBA history.
- Team Index, basketball-reference.com. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
- "NBA;s Best Rivalries". Sports Illustrated. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/1003/nba.best.rivalries/content.1.html. Retrieved August 5, 2013.