Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck makes sobering admission about 2018-19 team

Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck makes sobering admission about 2018-19 team

Wyc Grousbeck has endured some dark years as co-owner of the Boston Celtics since he bought the team in 2002.

Yet somehow, none of those abysmal seasons or playoff pitfalls rankled him as much as this most recent Celtics team.

"I'm as frustrated as I’ve ever been in 16 years," Grousbeck told The Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach in a recent interview.

That's coming from a co-owner who witnessed the C's win a total of 57 games between 2005 and 2007 and suffer a heartbreaking loss to the rival Los Angeles Lakers in the 2010 NBA Finals.

But what vexed Grousbeck the most was that the 2018-19 Celtics, plagued by chemistry issues and inconsistency, swept the Indiana Pacers in the first round and appeared to have righted the ship, only to lose four straight to the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round after winning Game 1.

"We won five (in a row), I felt great," Grousbeck added. "I thought the problems were over. We lost four and I don’t feel great and the problems were not over."

The Celtics have attempted to address those problems by bringing in Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter after watching Kyrie Irving, Al Horford and Terry Rozier walk in free agency and trading Aron Baynes to the Phoenix Suns.

Grousbeck, who said the C's have already sold out their season tickets for 2019-20, seems more optimistic with this new squad now than he did back in May.

"Now we’ve added these guys and some rookies and there’s a renewed sense of energy and optimism on the team," he added. "They’ve got to make it happen."

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This Date In Celtics History: Larry Bird's iconic 1987 steal vs. Pistons

This Date In Celtics History: Larry Bird's iconic 1987 steal vs. Pistons

One of the best plays Larry Bird ever made wasn't circus shot or crafty layup.

It was a steal ... and you know the one we're talking about.

On May 26, 1987 -- fittingly 33 years ago Tuesday -- the Boston Celtics trailed the Detroit Pistons by one point with five seconds remaining in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

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The Pistons had possession and all hope seemed lost for Boston, until Bird read Isiah Thomas' eyes and stole the Pistons guard's inbound pass intended for Bill Laimbeer.

In one fluid motion, Bird corralled the ball, tip-toed the sideline and fired a pass to teammate Dennis Johnson, who converted the game-winning layup. Ballgame: Celtics 108, Pistons 107.


Bird's steal helped save the series for the Celtics, who lost Game 6 in Detroit but returned home to win Game 7 at the Boston Garden and advance to the 1987 NBA Finals.

Here are two other notable May 26 performances from the C's, who are 4-2 all-time in games played on this date:

May 26, 2012: Rajon Rondo becomes just the second player in Celtics history (after Bird) to record a Game 7 triple-double, tallying 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as Boston defeats the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

May 26, 1988: The Celtics win another thriller over the Pistons, this time a 119-115 double-overtime victory in Game 2 of the 1988 East Finals. Robert Parish leads all scorers with 26 points and adds 11 rebounds.

Classic Celtics: Watch thrilling finishes during 'Iconic Moments Week'

Classic Celtics: Watch thrilling finishes during 'Iconic Moments Week'

The Boston Celtics have won 371 playoff games over their storied franchise history -- and a few stand out above the rest.

NBC Sports Boston's "Classic Celtics" series will continue during the week of Monday, May 25, by re-broadcasting five more C's playoff games that feature "iconic moments" we still remember to this day.

We'll take you as far back as the 1970s to a triple-overtime thriller against the Phoenix Suns and also re-live some recent heroics during Boston's latest championship run in 2008.

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Here's the full lineup for "Iconic Moments Week," which includes a new re-broadcast every night of the week starting at 8 p.m. ET:

'Iconic Moments' Week

Monday, May 25: Celtics vs. Pacers, 1991 First Round Game 5
Larry Bird returns from injuring his cheek in the first half to lead the Celtics to a playoff victory over the Indiana Pacers.   

Tuesday, May 26: Celtics vs. Lakers, 2008 NBA Finals Game 1
Paul Pierce exits in a wheelchair but returns later in the game to help the C's beat the rival Lakers at TD Garden. 

Wednesday, May 27: Celtics vs. Pistons, 1987 Eastern Conference Finals Game 5
Larry Bird steals the game, literally, for the Celtics in a pivotal Game 5.   

Thursday, May 28: Celtics vs. Lakers, 1984 NBA Finals Game 2
Gerald Henderson steals James Worthy’s inbound pass with 13 seconds left in the game to tie it, and the Celtics win in overtime to tie the series.  

Friday, May 29: Celtics vs. Suns, 1976 NBA Finals Game 5 
In what many call "the greatest game ever played," the Celtics outlast the Suns in three overtimes.

The action begins Monday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Boston, where Brian Scalabrine will be joined by several key players in these games for additional color commentary.

Here's how to watch:

When: May 25, May 26, May 27, May 28 and May 29, 8 p.m. ET
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Streaming: NBCSportsBoston.com and the MyTeams app (except May 25)

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