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Bill Russell
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Larry Bird
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BOSTON CELTICS ROSTER (* PER = Player Efficiency Rating)
POS PLAYER HT YEAR AGE PTS REB AST PER*
G BOB COUSY 6-1 1960 31 19.4 4.7 9.5 18.7
Comment: Old-timers insist he's best pure point guard ever; 1st-team All-NBA 10 straight years
G PAUL PIERCE 6-6 2006 28 26.8 6.7 4.7 23.7
Comment: Yes, he deserves his spot in the Celtics' pantheon: 6th in NBA in scoring while shooting career-high 47.1%
G JO JO WHITE 6-3 1972 25 23.1 5.6 5.3 15.3
Comment: Part of the bridge between the Russell-Bird dynasties, seven-time All-Star averaged career high in scoring in '72
F/G JOHN HAVLICEK 6-5 1971 30 28.9 9.0 7.5 20.8
Comment: If you want, start him in the backcourt or use him as the 6th man; 1st-team All-NBA, 2nd-team all-defense in '71
F LARRY BIRD 6-9 1986 29 25.8 9.8 6.8 25.6
Comment: Scored more and had higher PER in other years, but was MVP (for third straight year) and Finals MVP in '86
F KEVIN MCHALE 6-10 1987 29 26.2 10.0 2.6 24.0
Comment: Just feed him the ball on the low block and watch him do his thing; 1st-team All-NBA, 1st-team all D in '87
F TOM HEINSOHN 6-7 1962 27 22.1 9.5 2.1 20.2
Comment: 2nd-team All-NBA in '62; won eight titles as a player and two as Celtics coach ('74, '76)
F/C DAVE COWENS 6-9 1973 24 20.5 16.2 4.1 18.1
Comment: "Big Red" was NBA MVP in '73 in leading Celtics to 68-14 record, best in franchise history
C BILL RUSSELL 6-9 1965 30 14.1 24.1 5.3 19.5
Comment: His five MVP awards (including '65) despite minimal offensive skills show how respected he was a shot blocker and leader
C ROBERT PARISH 7-0 1981 27 18.9 9.5 1.8 25.2
Comment: Nine-time All-Star who shot over 53 percent in his career; stolen from Warriors (with McHale) for Joe Barry Carroll

SCOUTING REPORT: Three keys for the Celtics against the Bulls: (1) Who guards MJ? Havlicek might be the guy, although he's a step slow; Russell will have to help out; (2) Control the boards; if they can keep Rodman off the offensive boards, they can run more; (3) Feed Bird or McHale down low; Gilmore is tough, but Celtics can exploit height inside; (4) Who guards MJ? After all, he did once score 63 in a playoff game against Boston.