Boston Celtics: How Does the '11 Squad Fare Against the '86 Larry Bird-Led Team?

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Boston Celtics: How Does the '11 Squad Fare Against the '86 Larry Bird-Led Team?
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I’m generally not one for comparing teams of different generations in the NBA to one another.  About every 10 years, the game goes through a shift in play, which makes it rather difficult to properly qualify how one team would fare against another.

Yet, this year’s Boston Celtics team is drawing comparisons to the 1985-86 team that provided the Celtics with a 16th championship while compiling the fifth-best record of all time (67-15).  

Cosmetically, the 86 Celtics resemble this year’s team in a variety of ways that adds merit towards making a comparison.  Both teams had big threes, acquired a former superstar center to play 20 minutes a game and had a player’s head coach who was perceived as a nice-guy type that demonstrated a high level of leadership.

With the groundwork for a comparison laid, it’s time to break down the teams and their makeup to see just how the 2011 Celtics stack up against one of the greatest teams of all time.

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