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Big men have been the difference makers for Boston Celtics

 I am not talking saviors here, but rather the players that made the difference that yielded Championships for the Boston Celtics.

It starts with Bill Russell. Cousy, Sharman and Company were good but there were no Titles until Bill showed up. From 1957-to-1969, The Green racked up 11 Championships with Russ manning the center spot.

The team had an off year until the next big guy appeared in the person of Dave Cowens - add two more Titles. "Big Red" made a big difference.

Than came the immortal Larry Bird just as Dave was starting to slow down due to injuries. The Green earned no rings in Larry's first season, but then Red Auerbach picked up two more big men (Robert Parish and Kevin McHale), and that sealed the deal - resulting in three Finals victories in the 80's.

Paul Pierce was very good - and very loyal to Boston - but he needed help. It came in the body of 6'11" Kevin Garnett. He was the missing piece that put another Larry O'Brien Trophy in the case.

So what's next? Boston fans are hoping that 7'3" Kristaps Porzingis might be the addition that yields Banner 18 for the Boston Celtics. Brad Stevens thinks so, having traded away Marcus Smart, a tough competitor that played bigger than his actual size. 

None of this is meant to denigrate the contributions of former Celtics such as Bob Cousy, John Havlicek, Dennis Johnson, etc. But it has been the big men that have made the difference for The Green in their quest for NBA Championships.


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