Bennet Kelley's Clippings & More

For a short period in the 1970s, the Boston Celtics played a few games at the new Providence Civic Center (although they later chose the newer Hartford Civic Center for their satellite home court).

I am embarrassed to say that I have never seen the Celtics play at Boston Garden, but instead my first NBA game came when the Celtics “hosted” the Milwaukee Bucks in February 1974.

The Game:  The Celtics (39-15) were on track to finish with the best record in the Eastern Conference for the third year in a row.   In the two prior seasons, however, the Celtics were eliminated by the New York Knicks in the conference finals.  The Bucks (43-14) were on track to finish with the best record in the West for the third time in four years.

The Bucks featured Kareem Abdul Jabbar, who would win his third MVP award that year and…

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