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1946 Birth Of The Celtics The Celtics came into being on June 6 1946 On that day 11 men all of whom owned either professional hockey teams large arenas in major cities or both met to discuss the formation of a new professional basketball league They christened the new league the Basketball Association of America and modeled its season-which featured a 60-game schedule and a series of playoffs-after the National Hockey Leagues The game itself was based on college basketball but with the contests lengthened to 48 minutes rather than the 40 played in college A driving force behind the BAA was Celtics owner Walter Brown who ran the Boston Garden and was part of the NHLs Boston Bruins organization Brown hired John Honey Russell as his first coach and the Celtics maiden home game was played on November 5 1946 The contest began an hour behind schedule because Bostons Chuck Connors later the star of televisions The Rifleman splintered a wooden backboard with a practice dunk before the game Boston lost to the Chicago Stags 57-55 but the 4329 fans in attendance not only got to see the Celtics first-ever home game but also witnessed the first broken backboard in professional basketball history New 1946-50 A Four-Year Struggle The franchise struggled for respectability during its first four years The inaugural 1946-47 campaign yielded a 22-38 record and a last-place tie with the Toronto Huskies in the BAAs Eastern Division Connie Simmons a 6-8 center led the Celtics in scoring with 103 points per game The team fared slightly better the following year managing to make the playoffs with a 20-28 record Appearing in their first postseason contest the Celtics lost Game 1 to the Chicago Stags but they came back to beat the Stags 81-77 on March 31 1948 to claim the franchises first-ever playoff win Their playoff hopes were short-lived however as
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