The story of the 2008 Boston Celtics will go down as one of the best seasons by a franchise in NBA history. After a dismal 2006-2007 season with one of the worst records in the league 24-58 a few additions had to be added. It all started on draft day back in 2007 with general manager, and former Celtic great, Danny Ainge. Boston’s pick was 5th in that year’s draft, and Danny ended up drafting Jeff Green. The small forward from Georgetown was soon to be traded to the then Seattle Supersonics for shooting guard Ray Allen.
Next move made by Ainge was acquiring “The Big Ticket”, power forward Kevin Garnett, from the Minnesota Timberwolves. Minnesota’s best franchise player and MVP, and all team leader in a lot of categories, was one of the biggest moves that the Celtics front office has made in a long time. Teaming up one of the Celtics legends in Paul Pierce with two more legends made a championship caliber roster heading into the following season. Head coach Doc Rivers had a talented roster, from the starting five down to the bench that season. James Posey, Eddie House and Leon Powe were key members of the bench during the season and into the playoffs as well.
Celtics fans after the draft, and recent additions to the team, couldn’t wait for summer to be over to see how Boston would be in the regular season. In the first twenty games of that season Celtics were 18-2 and rolling in the East. Furthermore Boston only went to go on and lose another 14 games all season to end with a record of 66-16. Heading into the playoffs the goal was winning the NBA finals, and they wouldn’t give up until the goal was reached.
In the First round Boston played Al Horford’s Atlanta Hawks and they won the series in seven games. Next it was LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers, yet another series that went seven and won by the Celtics. The third round was the Eastern Conference finals, with the Celtics beating the Detroit Pistons in six games. The finals was set with Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics. The rivalry dates back to the Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell days. It was a hard fought series by both teams, with the Celtics ended up closing out at home in six games. Boston would rejoice another championship, the Celtics first since 1986.