The 1968–69 Boston Celtics season was their 23rd season of the Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
In 1969 an aging Boston Celtics club was the defending NBA champion. But the green machine was showing cracks in its armor during the pursuit of an unprecedented 11th title in 13 years.
Their talented, experienced starting lineup featured four future Hall of Famers but they averaged over 32 years of age, with John Havlicek the youngest at 29.
A year before, the Celtics had rallied from a 1-3 deficit in the Eastern finals to knock off the defending champion 76ers, the team that had ended the historic Boston run of eight straight NBA titles in 1967.
Havlicek recalled years later that after ending the Boston streak of championships, 76er fans had prematurely chanted “Boston is Dead”, carrying large homemade banners also to that effect – which served to help motivate the Celtics in their historic 1968 comeback. It was the first time a team had rallied from a 3-1 deficit o win a playoff series in NBA history. More
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