Celtics walked out on the Pistons before Detroit ever walked out on the Bulls

If you write about how awesome the Bad Boys were, especially if you expose the Bulls’ continuous cheap shots at them, I’ll probably link to you. Now up, Terry Foster of The Detroit News. Besides some standard, although always interesting to me, explanations about why the Pistons weren’t totally wrong to walk out on the Bulls, Foster reveals a little-known story.

I always thought the Celtics (besides Kevin McHale) just left the floor quickly after the 1988 Eastern Conference finals. Foster explains that wasn’t exactly the case:

People forget or never knew that the Celtics walked out on the Pistons in the 1988 Eastern Conference finals when the Pistons advanced to their first NBA Finals. All the networks showed, however, were clips of Kevin McHale telling Thomas to not be content with just being in the NBA Finals, but to go win it. That conversation only happened because McHale and Thomas had been acquaintances since high school. Meanwhile, many of McHale’s teammates were already in the locker rooms, leaving Adrian Dantley standing at the free-throw line with about a minute left.

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