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Throwback Thursday: C’s shock Bulls on Opening Night

It was Opening Night of the 1997-98 season. The Celtics and Bulls were at opposite ends of the spectrum. The C’s were coming off a dismal 15-67 season, with hopes that new coach Rick Pitino could inject some life into a comatose franchise. The Chicago Bulls on the other hand were riding high. Four months earlier, they beat the Utah Jazz to win their second straight NBA title, & were heavy favorites to “three-peat”.

The Celtics gave all 18,000+ fans in attendance that night reason to feel hopeful. Behind 31 points from Antoine Walker, they beat the Bulls 92-85. Rookie Chauncey Billups was stellar in his NBA debut. He dropped 15 points in 17 minutes off the bench. Check out Employee Number Eight’s complete highlights from that night via Sina Video. (please be patient-may take vid few seconds to load)

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  • Tommy_Heinsohn

    Ahh the good ol’ days. Walker, Waltah, Billups, Barros, Minor… You know you’re a true Celtics fan if you stuck with the team throughout the 90′s.

    • swissflix

      but it sure wasn’t easy and it better not happen again….

  • Dustin Chapman

    SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU’RE IN SHAPE, ANTOINE! SEE WHAT HAPPENS!!!

  • bill_nair

    ‘TOINE!!!

  • LA Flake

    Hey, that Paul Pierce guys was pretty good…WHAAAAAAAAAAT? That was Antoine Walker??????????

    I remember this game vividly. I remember this era. I remember thinking, ‘He’s so good in the low post. An awesome offensive rebounder. And he can shoot the 3! We can build around that guy!’ It’s tragic what happened to his game…and him.

    • bill_nair

      He was on twitter the other day saying how no friends call him no more. It’s sad to see. Ill always be an Antoine fan (still got his jersey.)

  • Lee in Oregon

    I still hate little Ricky…..but watching a skinny ‘Toine sure brings back some memories…

  • Patrick Bello

    walker looked so quick