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Thursday, February 2, 2012
A grand night for Grande and Max

By Chris Forsberg

Steve Babineau/NBAE/Getty ImagesRadio tag team: Cedric Maxwell and Sean Grande.
The Boston Celtics will honor the radio tandem of Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell before their 1,000th broadcast together prior to Friday's visit from the New York Knicks.

“The entire Boston Celtics organization would like to congratulate Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell on their 1,000th broadcast together,” said Celtics president Rich Gotham, who will be part of a pregame ceremony. “Grande and Max have become the voices of the Celtics on the radio for a whole generation of fans. They have exhibited great chemistry and professionalism throughout their partnership and we look forward to many more seasons of high quality play-by-play and analysis from them."

A quick rundown of the duo's history, courtesy of the Celtics:
Grande and Max began calling Celtics games together in 2001 on 1510 AM. In 2005, the game broadcasts moved to WRKO, and in 2007 to their current home on WEEI. During their 1,000 broadcasts, Grande and Max have provided the call for some of the great moments in Celtics history, including, Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Philadelphia 76ers, which marked the team’s first playoff series win since 1992; the Celtics historic comeback in the 2002 Eastern Conference finals against the New Jersey Nets; “Max Night” when Maxwell's number was retired on Dec. 15, 2003; the epic Game 7 against Cleveland in 2008 Eastern Conference semifinals; and, of course, the night the Celtics won Banner 17 defeating the Los Angeles Lakers on June 17, 2008.

Mike and Tommy aside, the Garden hasn't seen a historic tag team moment like this since the Rock 'n' Sock Connection took the WWF tag titles from The Unholy Alliance back in August on 1999.