With Bill Russell functioning as a player-coach, the 1967-1968 Boston Celtics, for the second time in a row, failed to win the NBA’s Eastern Division, but did not let that slow them down in the playoffs. They beat the Pistons in the Eastern Division semifinals and ran into Wilt Chamberlain and the Philadelphia 76ers, the Eastern Division Regular Season Champions, in the Eastern Division Finals.
The Celtics were once again a thorn in Chamberlain’s side, triumphing over the dominant center and his 76ers, four games to three, and faced their familiar foe the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Championship. Six games later, the Boston Celtics escaped with a four games to two series victory and were NBA Champions for the tenth time.
For the year, the Celtics were led once again by Bill Russell, John Havlicek and Sam Jones, and they were joined by a forward acquired from Detroit, Bailey Howell. Along with those four, three other players, Larry Siegfried, Tom “Satch” Sanders, and Don Nelson, also scored in double figures for the season.