John Havlicek

Bill Russell shares final goodbye to John Havlicek

Bill Russell shares final goodbye to John Havlicek

John Havlicek, who passed away about a month ago at the age of 79, was honored at a memorial service in Boston Thursday. Former teammate Bill Russell was among those in attendance and shared a final goodbye on Twitter after the service concluded. 

Havlicek and Russell were teammates on the Celtics from 1962-69, winning six championships together. The only year they didn't come away with an NBA title was the 1966-67 season. 

After Russell retired following the 1969 season, Havlicek remained a member and leader of the Celtics for nine years. He won two more championships under head coach and former teammate Tommy Heinsohn in 1974 and 1976. 

Havlicek retired as the Celtics' all-time leading scorer and a model for what being a Celtic really means. The team released an incredible video tribute on the day of his passing and honored him before Game 3 of their series with the Bucks while Milwaukee fans held a moment of silence for Hondo before Game 1 of that series. 

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Highlights of the Celtics' 123-116 Game 3 loss to the Bucks

Highlights of the Celtics' 123-116 Game 3 loss to the Bucks

FINAL SCORE: Bucks 123, Celtics 116

IN BRIEF: Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 32 points and the Bucks again used a big third-quarter run - this one 21-6 - as Milwaukee came into TD Garden and beat the Celtics 123-116 to take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series. Game 4 is Monday in Boston. BOX SCORE

HIGHLIGHTS

MOMENT OF SILENCE AND VIDEO TRIBUTE FOR JOHN HAVLICEK:

https://twitter.com/celtics/status/1124470084800516096

IRVING GETS C'S OFF TO 10-2 START:

GETTING IT DONE AT BOTH ENDS IN 2ND Q:

LOCAL BOY CONNAUGHTON KEEPING BUCKS CLOSE:

BROWN WITH A THUNDEROUS DUNK OVER GIANNIS IN 3RD Q:

HILL DUNK PART OF BUCKS' 21-6 3RD-QUARTER RUN:

GIANNIS WITH THE FINISHING TOUCH IN 4TH:


UP NEXT:

Game 4: Monday, @ Boston, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 5: Wednesday, May 8, @ Milwaukee, 9 p.m., TNT
Game 6:* Friday, May 10, @ Boston, TBD ESPN
Game 7*: Monday, May 13, @ Milwaukee, TBD, TNT

*if necessary

 

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Celtics pay tribute to the late John Havlicek before Game 3 vs. Bucks

Celtics pay tribute to the late John Havlicek before Game 3 vs. Bucks

The Celtics returned home Friday for their first game at TD Garden since the legendary John Havlicek passed away on April 25.

Before their Game 3 matchup vs. the Bucks got underway, the C's held a moment of silence for the Hall-of-Famer.

Following the game's first time out, they showed a beautiful Havlicek tribute video.

The Celtics also have been wearing a patch on their uniforms to honor "Hondo," and had a touching video tribute for the great No. 17 shortly after his passing.

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