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Celtics at the NBA Finals: last appearances, rings and championships lost and won

The Boston Celtics have earned a seat at the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, and the team has a long history of battling for the championship.

Gidget Alikpala
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The Boston Celtics have earned a seat at the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, and the team has a long history of battling for the championship.
Kyle TeradaUSA TODAY Sports

The 2022 NBA Finals will feature the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors- two teams that both have a long history of competing for the trophy.

Celtics vs. Warriors: Repeat NBA Finalists

The Celtics’ entire roster may have no championship experience, but they do come from a long tradition of being Eastern Conference title holders.

Boston in fact has the second-highest number of appearances at the NBA finals with 22, second only to the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers, who have a record of 32.

The Warriors are no strangers to the pressure of playing in the final round either- it’s their 12th time to go this far, and they currently have players who are veterans at going for the league’s top prize.

Out of their past 21 outings, the Celtics have won 17 rings for a win rate of 81%. Three of their losses were dealt by the Lakers, including Boston’s most recent Finals run in 2010, where the series went to the seventh game.

Here’s a full list of the Boston Celtics’ NBA Finals appearances.

YEARTEAMSSERIES TALLY
1957Celtics defeat St. Louis Hawks4-3
1958St. Louis Hawks defeat Celtics4-2
1959Celtics defeat Minneapolis Lakers4-2
1960Celtics defeat St. Louis Hawks4-3
1961Celtics defeat St. Louis Hawks4-1
1962Celtics defeat Los Angeles Lakers4-3
1963Celtics defeat Los Angeles Lakers4-2
1964Celtics defeat San Francisco Warriors4-1
1965Celtics defeat Los Angeles Lakers4-1
1966Celtics defeat Los Angeles Lakers4-3
1968Celtics defeat Los Angeles Lakers4-2
1969Celtics defeat Los Angeles Lakers4-3
1974Celtics defeat Milwaukee Bucks4-3
1976Celtics defeat Phoenix Suns4-2
1981Celtics defeat Houston Rockets4-2
1984Celtics defeat Los Angeles Lakers4-3
1985Los Angeles Lakers defeat Celtics4-2
1986Celtics defeat Houston Rockets4-2
1987Los Angeles Lakers defeat Celtics4-2
2008Celtics defeat Los Angeles Lakers4-2
2010Los Angeles Lakers defeat Celtics4-3
2022Boston Celtics vs. Golden State Warriors
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