On this day: Marc Acres signed; Game 5 of 1974 NBA Finals won
On this day in Boston Celtics history, the team signed center Mark Acres in 1987. Originally drafted in 1985 by the Dallas Mavericks out of Oral Roberts University playing under his father, Acres played two seasons in Europe and then joined the Celtics as a free agent two years later.
Acres had a middling career with the team as a reserve over two seasons, putting up 3 points, as many rebounds, and 0.4 assists per game while in green and white. Acres would leave the team after being selected by one of two new NBA teams — the Orlando Magic — in the 1989 expansion draft held to populate the Magic’s and Minnesota Timberwolves’ rosters as they joined the league that season.
He was the sole Celtics player taken by either team in that draft.
Bucks Mickey Davis, on the floor, gets a worm’s view of NBA playoff action as Boston Celtics Don Chaney, right, dribbles on a fast break, May 7, 1974, Milwaukee, Wisc. Davis had the ball, but Jo-Jo White, left, dropped Davis as the ball flew to Chaney. (AP Photo)
It is also the anniversary of a 96-87 Game 5 playoff win over the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1974 NBA Finals.
The win gave the Celtics a 3-2 lead in the series and homecourt advantage after forward John Havlicek and big man Dave Cowens each scored 28 points.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Milwaukee Bucks slaps the ball out of the hands of John Havlicek (17) of the Boston Celtics after Havlicek had rebounded a missed Abdul-Jabbar shot during the NBA playoff game in Milwaukee, Wis., May 8, 1974. Abdul-Jabbar attempted another shot and missed and the Celtic’s Dave Cowens (18) picked up the rebound. (AP Photo/Paul Shane)
“We were the David and they were the Goliath,” said then-head coach Tommy Heinsohn via Onmilwaukee.com.
Boston would go on to win its 12th championship in seven games.
Boston Celtics’ Rajon Rondo hits the floor after being tripped during the first quarter of Game 3 of a second-round NBA playoff basketball series against the Miami Heat in Boston Saturday, May 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
In 2011, the Celtics would also defeat the Miami Heat 97-81 in Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals.
Kevin Garnett and a one-armed point guard in Rajon Rondo carried the day for Boston, the latter with a dislocated shoulder.
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