The 1986 Boston Celtics are considered one of the greatest NBA teams of all time. The club went 67-15 & won the title against Houston. They were coached by Celtic legend K.C. Jones, who recently passed away.
Current Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was a member of that championship squad and remembers when the team kicked into full gear. He says Boston’s success may have not been accomplished if it wasn’t for blowing a 25-point lead against New York on Christmas.
(Via Bob Ryan & Jeff Goodman NBA Podcast):
“When we blew the 25-point lead at New York to a team that wasn’t very good on Christmas Day on national TV, the veteran guys got together and decided to give up drinking until we won the championship.”