Many inside the San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics organizations as well as their respective fan bases are well aware of the Spurs domination of the Celtics following the infamous draft lottery of 1997 which awarded its winner (the Spurs!) Tim Duncan.
San Antonio would win a well-noted 18 consecutive games against Boston, an NBA record for any NBA franchise against the Celts. It wouldn’t be until March of 2007 (St. Patrick’s Day, fittingly) when one of the worst teams in Celtics history stunned the eventual champion Spurs. Boston would acquire longtime Duncan nemesis Kevin Garnett the following summer and proceed to win six of the next 11 matchups with KG on the roster, quelling the one-sided year-to-year season series dominance San Antonio had.
However, the Spurs began another streak during the waning Garnett years. San Antonio has now won nine straight, going all the way back to 2011, giving them by far the best head-to-head winning percentage (56.3) against the NBA’s winningest franchise. Hard to imagine this in say, 1989, prior to one David Robinson joining the Spurs from the Navy, the Celtics held a significant 26-10 all-time record against the Spurs, including 20 consecutive victories. A few years later, following the retirement of Larry Bird and then the retirement of Kevin McHale and the death of Reggie Lewis, the inter-conference battle became as one sided of an affair as any in league history for the next 25 years. Without wasting anymore time, here are the trends:
*San Antonio is 35-8 against Boston since 1993
*San Antonio is 30-2 against Boston in said matchups when a Celtics roster did not have one Kevin Garnett on it
*San Antonio has won the last nine matchups
*San Antonio has lost twice in Boston since 1993 (both times in which an injured Kevin Garnett did not suit up)
*San Antonio is 6-0 against Brad Stevens-coached Celtics teams
*San Antonio is 12-3-1 ATS in Boston
*San Antonio is 11-1-1 ATS in Boston when favored (...and yes they are favored today)
*San Antonio has covered four of the last five point spreads against Brad Stevens-coached Celtics teams
*San Antonio is the only NBA franchise with a winning record (49-38) against Boston
So what can the Boston Celtics do to score a rare victory over the San Antonio Spurs? Listen to the Celtics Pre-Game Report below. And join the CLNS Celtics Post-Game show streaming live on http://www.clnsradio.com and 900 & 1250 AM ESPN New Hampshire after the game.