John Havlicek Rumors
Teammates saw how Havlicek fit in seamlessly to the Celtics tradition from the start, working and working until he sprung free. They saw how he grew into one of the best all-around players ever. Havlicek could slide from the guard spot to the forward position. He could handle all types of defensive assignments. He starred as a sixth man, becoming synonymous with that role, before stepping into the starting lineup and handling whatever else the Celtics needed. He wasn’t highly regarded as a shooter early in his career but left the NBA in second place on the all-time career playoff scoring list. Havlicek has since dropped to 13th on that list but still leads the Celtics in all-time points scored with 26,395. “And he was a very good defender,” Cowens said. “I mean, John was not a slouch. He liked to beat up on people. He was very physical, but he was slick about it. He wasn’t like me just going out there and beating on people. He was slick about it with the holding and the grabbing and the different things.”
Justin Kubatko: Devin Booker (42 PTS) and Khris Middleton (40 PTS) became just the fourth pair of opposing players to each score at least 40 points in the same Finals game: ✅ Havlicek & West (4/25/69) ✅ Jordan & Barkley (6/11/93) ✅ Iverson & O’Neal (6/6/01) ✅ Booker & Middleton (7/14/21) pic.twitter.com/7jFXpsRJLG
StatMuse: Opposing 40-point games in the same Finals game in NBA history: 2021 — Middleton and Booker 2001 — Shaq and Iverson 1993 — Jordan and Barkley 1969 — West and Havlicek (Submitted by @MikoPalero) pic.twitter.com/803uz60zXp
Basketball-Reference: 42 points and 12 rebounds in an #NBAFinals game: Bob Pettit Elgin Baylor Jerry West Rick Barry John Havlicek Wilt Chamberlain Magic Johnson Michael Jordan Charles Barkley Shaquille O’Neal Dwyane Wade Kevin Durant Giannis Antetokounmpo
Justin Kubatko: Ben Simmons last night: ✅ 17 PTS ✅ 11 REB ✅ 10 AST It’s his 31st career triple-double, tying John Havlicek and Luka Doncic for 13th on the NBA’s all-time list. The only players in NBA history to reach that mark in fewer games are Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, and Doncic. pic.twitter.com/ZCa6e8cDHJ
Murray and Mitchell took the record away from Jerry West and John Havlicek, who, in fairness, had their own unbelievable shootout with slightly higher stakes at hand, in the 1969 Finals. The two Hall-of-Fame ball-handlers combined for 463 points in that series, 12 fewer than what Murray and Mitchell just put up. The other highest-scoring playoff series duos all likewise took place in the 1960s and ’70s – Bob McAdoo and Elvin Hayes in the 1975 conference semifinals (461 points), Elgin Baylor and Bob Pettit in the 1961 division finals (461 points) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Rick Barry in the 1977 conference finals (450 points).
Tom Westerholm: Somebody just hung up a photo of John Havlicek above Gregg Popovich, who always wants to do pre-game availability under Havlicek in Boston. Lonnie Walker was walking by. “That’s not you.” Popovich to Walker: “That’s how you should play. I’ll show you some film later.”