ESPN.com's John Hollinger bit off the daunting task of ranking the 50 greatest playoff series of all time. Go check out his explanation on the series, but here's a little spoiler: Two of the top five series involve the Boston Celtics, including No. 1, which is the 1981 Eastern Confernece finals vs. the Philadelphia 76ers. Here's a snapshot and a brief excerpt:
The 1981 Eastern Conference finals between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers has to be the best of the post-merger era. This one had everything. For starters, both teams won 62 games, tying for the league's best regular-season record. It had the old rivalry between Boston and Philly, going back to the Russell-Chamberlain days. It had the Bird-era Celtics and the Erving-era Sixers, each yearning for their first championship. And the games … oh, my.