The matches of the NBA are something for which the audience waits with great excitement. And, if it is the final, the enthusiasm of the viewers is unexplainable. Among several wonderful teams, Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers have won most NBA Finals. In the article, we will discuss the NBA journey of the Celtics and Lakers
- 1 Which Team has won the most NBA Finals?
- 2 Celtics Team History
- 3 Celtics Rivals in NBA Finals
- 4 Celtics Home Arena
- 5 Notable Celtics Players in NBA Finals
- 6 How Many Times did the Celtics Fail to Win the NBA Finals?
- 7 Lakers Team History
- 8 Lakers Rivals in NBA Finals
- 9 Celtics Home Arena
- 10 Notable Lakers Players in NBA Finals
Which Team has won the most NBA Finals?
Both Lakers and Boston Celtics have won the most NBA Finals with 17 championship trophies. Although the teams have tied but Celtics appeared 21 time in the final while the Lakers took 32 games to with the trophies 17 times.
The Boston Celtics have gained the championship title first in 1957 and continue the title with their mesmerizing performance in 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1984, 1986, and lastly in 2008. The Celtics dynasty is also renowned as the most successful NBA franchise where they constantly gained the championship title in eight years from 1959 to 1966.
On the other hand, Lakers won the final for the first time in 1949. However, they had few consecutive win at the beginning but lag behind later. LA Lakers won the trophy in 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010 and 2020.
Celtics Team History
The Boston Celtics are gaining the love of the basketball lovers with their fantastic performance from June 6, 1946. The first noticeable action of the franchise was to sign a black player Chuck Cooper in 1950.
In the beginning years, the Celtics needed to struggle a bit. But it changed when Red Auerbach joined the franchise as a coach. The playing skills of the players improved a lot. It eventually leads to winning their first NBA championship title in 1959 against the Minneapolis Lakers. From 1959 there was no looking back for the Celtics as they have won straight-eight championships till 1966.
In 1965–66 Auerbach retired from the team, and Russell, the first African-American coach, joined the team. But in the mid-90s, the Celtics experienced a rough time straight six years. The Celtics overcame this in the 2007-08 season posting a 42-win improvement and having the best single-season turnaround in NBA history. After that, they continued their excellent playing and won numerous titles.
Celtics Rivals in NBA Finals
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers can be considered as a great rival of the Celtics. Their rivalry is known as the best rivalry of the NBA franchise also. They have faced each other twelve times in the NBA finals.
The rivalry between the Celtics and Hawks lasted for five decades. They have faced each other four times in the NBA Finals and eleven times in the NBA Playoffs. The Celtics won against the Hawks ten of twelve series, including three out of four NBA Finals.
Celtics Home Arena
TD Garden is the home ground of the Celtics, situated in Boston, Massachusetts. It was previously known as the Boston Garden. The 1996 NHL All-Star Game, the 2008 and 2010 NBA Finals, and 2011, 2013, and the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals have been arranged in the TD garden.
Notable Celtics Players in NBA Finals
With 11 championships trophies, Bill Russell can be considered the best Boston Celtics player. He has amazed all with his excellent playing.
Larry has spent 13 seasons with the Boston Celtics, where he gained three championship titles. He got the award of NBA Finals MVP in 1984 and 1986.
Havlicek is known for having the all-time leader in points for the Celtics. With the Celtics, he achieved 26,395 points, 8,007 rebounds, and 6,114 assists in his 16-year long career.
Among all Celtics, Pierce contains the most three-pointers, and he remains third overall in scoring with one championship title.
For drawing opponents into fouls with a hard pump, everyone remembers McHale. He won three championship titles for the Celtics and is known as Bird’s sidekick.
How Many Times did the Celtics Fail to Win the NBA Finals?
Boston Celtics have reached 21 times in the NBA finals, but they failed to win the final four times in 1958, 1985, 1987, and 2010.
Lakers Team History
The Lakers franchise started in 1947 after purchasing a disbanded team from the National Basketball League (NBL) called Detriot Gems. The newly formed team named them as Minneapolis Lakers started playing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. However, the Lakers were a member of NBL, and the team won the NBL championship in 1948. Later, the Lakers joined the Basketball Association of America and won five titles. Further, the team faced a financial crisis and moved to Los Angeles before the 1960-61 season. Since then, the franchise has continued to show its magic.
Lakers Rivals in NBA Finals
The Lakers vs Celtics Rivalry has been seen as one of the most intense. During the 1960s to 1980s, both teams dominated the NBA league and faced each other six times in the 1960s and three times in the 1980s. However, the rivalry had lost its appeal since Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird retired in the early 1980s.
As of April 2021, the teams faced each other 368 times, and the Lakers won 204 of them while the Celtics won 162 games.
Celtics Home Arena
The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center which they shared with Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Sparks, the WNBA team.
Notable Lakers Players in NBA Finals
Five-time NBA winner Kobe Bryant is one of the best lakers players, who showed his magic in each NBA finals he played. Besides, he is also a part of most of the Lakers records. Kobe’s leadership cannot be measured in words unless you experience his playing styles.
Magic Johnson is undoubtedly the best player in Lakers history. He won the All-Star award 12 times, NBA MVP three times, and NBA finals MVP three times. Not only he played well, but he also boosts up the teammate’s performance around him. He closed his scoreboard with 17,707 points, 10,141 assists, and 6,559 rebounds.
Considering the success rate and 17 championship titles, The Boston Celtics is one of the best teams in the NBA. The hard work of the players, coach, and whole team makes success possible. Whenever they are in finals, they have shown their magic. The audience is expecting to witness more from this franchise in the future also.