February 9, 1956- Celtics vs Nats Preview

Originally published in the Syracuse Post Standard 2/9/56 written by Jack Andrews

The Celtics have whipped the Nats in five of eight games this season, winning the last four and hitting at least 100 points in all of them. The Celtics, incidentally, surpassed the Warriors' 128 points in regulation by whipping St. Louis, 133-112, Jan. 20.

The Celtics have proved the biggest attraction here this season and, of course the big reason for that is Bob "The Wizard" Cousy. The ball-handling magician had his troubles against Syracuse earlier (particularly when George King was harassing him) but he caught fire for 32 points when the Celtics whipped the Nats in overtime the last time they were here. He kept firing in the two games that followed.

They Have Rebounders
Cousy ranks close behind seventh-ranking Adolph Schayes in NBA scoring. His teammates, Bill Sharman and Ed Macauley are fifth and sixth.

However, the Celtics are making a bold bid for the divisional pennant because they have rebounders like Jungle Jim Loscutoff, Jack Nichols, Arnie Risen, Rookie Dick Stemric and Red Morrison. Nichols is the fourth and last man in Boston's double figure average scoring. Ernie Barrett, a reliable spot shooter, and Togo Palazzi, Red Auerbach's forgotten man, round out the visiting cast.

All Nats' coach Al Cervi could say yesterday was: "We'll keep trying." He didn't pick a starting lineup.

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