#RussellMania - Celtics vs. Hawks in the Finals

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Published Apr 12, 2016, 4:00 AM

We are joined once again by Adam Criblez to discuss the rivalry between the Boston Celtics and the St. Louis Hawks in the late 1950s and early 1960s, continuing our #RussellMania series dedicated to Bill Russell.

We go through the Celtics vs. Hawks NBA Finals battles from 1957, 1958, 1960 and 1961, and talk about some of the great performances and players on both sides of the rivalry, one of the greatest Game 7s in NBA history, why the Russell for Cliff Hagan and Ed Macauley trade wasn’t as one-sided as you might think, Bob Pettit delivering one of the best series-clinching games ever, the Celtics’ stability contrasting with the ever-changing Hawks, why the Hawks ended up failing in St. Louis, and thoughts on Red Auerbach, Tom Heinsohn, Slater Martin, Alex Hannum, Bob Cousy, Bill Sharman, Sam Jones, Clyde Lovellette and Lenny Wilkens, among many others.

Original airdate: 4/12/16

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