Perhaps that old Celtic-like dominance simply can't be achieved anymore. Denver coach Doug Moe recognizes a new order when he says, "If Boston doesn't repeat, well, the Celtics should have lost in the finals last year."
Indeed, what of these Celtics? With one of the best players in history in Larry Bird and the league's top frontcourt, they're as well equipped as any team to repeat. They still have calm K.C. Jones as coach and Auerbach's talismanic presence in the front office. And because to so many, L.A. lost last season's title as much as Boston won it, the Celts may feel they have something to prove. "They're getting better," Chicago Bulls general manager Rod Thorn says. Adds Ferry, "They can run and they can muscle. Most teams can only run."
Go ahead. Bet the house, bet the ranch. Bet a box of Red's Bances cigars. But sooner or later, something's going to get 'em.
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