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April 21, 1969 | Frank Deford
There were plenty of heroes to go around as the Celtics and the Knicks battled for the Eastern Division NBA title. The real war, though, was between New York's Willis Reed and Boston's tireless Bill Russell
April 28, 1969
BASKETBALL—NBA: BOSTON won its 12th Eastern Division playoff title in the last 13 years, beating New York four games to two (page 24). The Celtics took the sixth and final game 106-105 on four pressure shots in the...
April 28, 1969 | Frank Deford
Boston goes into the finals against Los Angeles graying with age, with no backup man for Russell and its best shooter ready to retire, but that was also the sad situation before the New York series
May 05, 1969
BASKETBALL—NBA: LOS ANGELES took a 2-1 lead over Boston in the playoff finals, winning the first two games. In the opener at the Forum, which the Lakers won 120-118, Jerry West scored 53 points—21 of 41 from the...
May 12, 1969 | Frank Deford