On this day in Boston Celtics history, a trio of former Celtics were born. The first of the trio, March 18, is the birthday of fan favorite Brian Scalabrine, who played for the Celtics for five seasons between 2005 and 2010 and was born in Long Beach, California in 1978.
A product of the University of Southern California, White Mamba — as it’s sometimes called — was drafted in the second round of the 2001 NBA draft, ranked 35th, by the (then) New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets. Scalabrine would sign a five-year deal with the Celtics in 2005, where he would win a championship in 2008 with the Banner 17 crew.
He would average 2.7 points and 1.5 rebounds per game with Boston.
The Boston Celtics’ Kedrick Brown (42) dives the ball in the first quarter against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Thursday February 21, 2002. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
It’s also the birthday of Kedrick Brown, who was born in 1981 in Zachary, Louisiana.
The Louisiana native played college ball at Okaloosa-Walton Community College and was drafted 11th overall by the Celtics, also in the 2001 NBA draft.
He played for the Celtics for three seasons and averaged 3.1 points and 1.4 rebounds per game during his time with Boston.
New York Knicks’ Earl Monroe puts a shot away against Boston Celtics’ Jim Ard (34) and Glenn McDonald (30) in the second period of their National Basketball Association game at the Boston Garden, Friday, November 22, 1975. Boston won the game 110 to 101. (AP photo)
It’s also the birthday of forward Glenn McDonald, who was born in Kewanee, Illinois in 1952.
He was drafted 17th overall from Cal State Long Beach by the Celtics in the 1974 NBA draft. McDonald won a championship with the Celtics in 1976 and averaged 4.3 points and 1.5 rebounds per game with the team.
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Boston has won two notable games since Banner 17’s season on that date, the first of which was a 2008 94-74 blowout by the Houston Rockets.
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It ended a 22-game winning streak for Houston, with a 22-point and 11-rebound performance by Kevin Garnett being the primary culprit.
The win was secured with 20 points and 5 assists from Paul Pierce and a 21-point performance for Leon Powe off the bench.
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Boston also defeated the Miami Heat in a 112-108 overtime win that day in 2009 — despite an early appearance from the Hospital Celtics.
Pierce walked off the field with 36 points and 11 rebounds to win the game for Boston in overtime, the only All-Star on the two teams playing from four.
It was an injury-ridden affair, with not only Wade appearing for the Heat, but also KG, Ray Allen, Leon Powe, Tony Allen and Brian Scalabrine – on his birthday no less – for the Celtics.
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