Boston Celtics Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

Trivia quiz questions and answers about the Boston Celtics.


Boston Celtics Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

Who are the Boston Celtics?
A: The Boston Celtics are an American professional basketball franchise based in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Celtics struggled during their early years, until the hiring of what coach?
A: Red Auerbach.

In the franchise's early days, Auerbach had no what?
A: Assistants.

What did Auerbach do?
A: He ran all the practices, did all the scouting and scheduled all the road trips.

Who was one of the first great players to join the Celtics?
A: Bob Cousy.

After the 1955–56 season, Auerbach made a stunning trade, sending perennial All-Star Ed Macauley to the St. Louis Hawks along with the draft rights to Cliff Hagan in exchange for what?
A: The second overall pick in the draft.

After negotiating with the Rochester Royals, Auerbach used the pick to select whom?
A: University of San Francisco center Bill Russell.


Auerbach also acquired what Holy Cross standout, and 1957 NBA Rookie of the Year?
A: Tommy Heinsohn.

Russell and Heinsohn worked extraordinarily well with whom?
A: Cousy.

Cousy, Russell, and Heinsohn were the players around whom Auerbach would do what?
A: Build the champion Celtics for more than a decade.

With Bill Russell, the Celtics advanced to the what?
A: The NBA Finals and defeated the St. Louis Hawks in seven games.

This gave the Celtics the first of their what?
A: Record seventeen championships.

Russell later won 11 championships, making him what?
A: The most decorated player in NBA history.

In 1958, the Celtics again advanced to the NBA Finals, this time losing to what team in 6 games?
A: The Hawks.


With the acquisition of K.C. Jones that year, the Celtics began a what?
A: A dynasty that would last for more than a decade.

In 1959, the Celtics won the NBA Championship after sweeping what team?
A: The Minneapolis Lakers.

It was the first of their record eight what?
A: Consecutive championships.

The Celtics met the Lakers in the Finals how many times?
A: Five, starting an intense and often bitter rivalry that has spanned generations.

In 1964, the Celtics became the first NBA team to what?
A: Have an all African American starting lineup.

On December 26, 1964, Willie Naulls replaced what injured player?
A: Tommy Heinsohn.

The Boston Celtics of the late-1950s–60s are widely considered what?
A: One of the most dominant teams of all time.


When did Auerbach retire as coach?
A: After the 1965–66 season.

Who took over as player-coach?
A: Russell.

It was Auerbach's ploy to what?
A: Keep Russell interested.

With his appointment, Russell also became the first what?
A: African American coach in any U.S. pro sport.

Auerbach would remain the what?
A: General Manager, a position he would hold well into the 1980s.

The Celtics' string of NBA titles was broken as they lost to what team in the Eastern Conference Finals?
A: The Philadelphia 76ers.

The aging team managed two more championships in 1968 and 1969, defeating who each time in the NBA Finals?
A: The Lakers.


Russell retired after the 1969 season, effectively ending a what?
A: A dominant Celtics dynasty that had garnered 11 NBA titles in 13 seasons.

The streak of 8 consecutive championships is the longest streak of consecutive championships in what?
A: U.S. professional sports history.

Who coached the Boston Celtics to the 1974 and 1976 NBA Championship?
A: Tom Heinsohn.

The 1970 season was a rebuilding year, as the Celtics had their first losing record since what season?
A: The 1949–50 season.

With the acquisition of Dave Cowens, Paul Silas, and Jo Jo White, the Celtics soon became what?
A: Dominant again.

After losing in the Eastern Conference Finals in 1972, the Celtics regrouped and came out and posted what?
A: An excellent 68–14 regular season record.

But the season ended in disappointment, as they were upset in 7 games by what team in the Conference Finals?
A: the New York Knicks.

John Havlicek injured his right shoulder in game six and was forced to do what?
A: Play game 7 shooting left handed.

The Celtics returned to the playoffs the next year, defeating what team in the NBA Finals in 1974 for their 12th NBA Championship?
A: The Milwaukee Bucks.