C's top greatest playoff series

June, 7, 2011
ESPN.com's John Hollinger bit off the daunting task of ranking the 50 greatest playoff series of all time. Go check out his explanation on the series, but here's a little spoiler: Two of the top five series involve the Boston Celtics, including No. 1, which is the 1981 Eastern Confernece finals vs. the Philadelphia 76ers. Here's a snapshot and a brief excerpt:
The 1981 Eastern Conference finals between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers has to be the best of the post-merger era. This one had everything. For starters, both teams won 62 games, tying for the league's best regular-season record. It had the old rivalry between Boston and Philly, going back to the Russell-Chamberlain days. It had the Bird-era Celtics and the Erving-era Sixers, each yearning for their first championship. And the games … oh, my.

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com



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