1981 Boston Celtics vs. 1953 Minneapolis Lakers - Team Comparisons

Head-to-head comparison between the 1980-81 Celtics and the 1952-53 Lakers, including both NBA teams stats, regular season and Playoffs wins, losses and performance, winning streaks and other data side by side.

Team Comparison

Summary

Regular Season

Standings
1981 Celtics
in Eastern Conference
1953 Lakers
in Western Division
Season Record
1981 Celtics
62 - 20
1953 Lakers
48 - 22

Winning %
1981 Celtics
.756
1953 Lakers
.686

Longest Streaks
1981 Celtics
Winning Streak: 13
Losing Streak: 3
1953 Lakers
Winning Streak: 6
Losing Streak: 3
Players Used
(at least 1 game)
1981 Celtics
1953 Lakers

Playoffs

Playoff Performance
1981 Celtics
NBA Championship
NBA Champions
1953 Lakers
NBA Championship
NBA Champions
Playoff Record
1981 Celtics
12 - 5
1953 Lakers
9 - 3

Winning %
1981 Celtics
.706
1953 Lakers
.750

Players Used
(at least 1 game)
1981 Celtics
1953 Lakers

Awards, Honors and More...

Awards and Honors
1981 Celtics
4 -
Finals MVP: Cedric Maxwell
All-NBA 1st Team: Larry Bird
All-NBA 2nd Team: Tiny Archibald
All-Rookie 1st Team: Kevin McHale
1953 Lakers
2 -
All-NBA 1st Team: George Mikan
All-NBA 2nd Team: Vern Mikkelsen
NBA Leaders
1981 Celtics
-
none
1953 Lakers
1 -
Rebounds Leader: George Mikan
Hall of Famers

Team Stats

NBA Regular Season

Stats Per Game

Points
1981 Celtics
109.9
1953 Lakers
85.3

Rebounds
1981 Celtics
43.6
1953 Lakers
48.7

Assists
1981 Celtics
26.9
1953 Lakers
19.3

Steals
1981 Celtics
8.3
1953 Lakers
-

n/a *
Blocks
1981 Celtics
7.2
1953 Lakers
-

n/a *
3-Pointers Made
1981 Celtics
0.8
1953 Lakers
-

n/a *

Percentages

Field Goal %
1981 Celtics
.504
1953 Lakers
.390

3-Point %
1981 Celtics
.270
1953 Lakers
-

n/a *
Free Throw %
1981 Celtics
.752
1953 Lakers
.739

NBA Playoffs

Stats Per Game

Points
1981 Celtics
103.4
1953 Lakers
82.9

Rebounds
1981 Celtics
44.4
1953 Lakers
53.0

Assists
1981 Celtics
22.8
1953 Lakers
17.2

Steals
1981 Celtics
7.5
1953 Lakers
-

n/a *
Blocks
1981 Celtics
6.6
1953 Lakers
-

n/a *
3-Pointers Made
1981 Celtics
0.6
1953 Lakers
-

n/a *

Percentages

Field Goal %
1981 Celtics
.480
1953 Lakers
.377

3-Point %
1981 Celtics
.222
1953 Lakers
-

n/a *
Free Throw %
1981 Celtics
.754
1953 Lakers
.723


Team Leaders

NBA Regular Season

Points
1981 Celtics
21.2 ppg
1953 Lakers
20.6 ppg
Rebounds
1981 Celtics
10.9 rpg
1953 Lakers
14.4 rpg
Assists
1981 Celtics
7.7 apg
1953 Lakers
3.6 apg
Steals
1981 Celtics
2.0 spg
1953 Lakers
-
n/a *
Blocks
1981 Celtics
2.6 bpg
1953 Lakers
-
n/a *

NBA Playoffs

Points
1981 Celtics
21.9 ppg
1953 Lakers
19.8 ppg
Rebounds
1981 Celtics
14.0 rpg
1953 Lakers
15.4 rpg
Assists
1981 Celtics
6.3 apg
1953 Lakers
4.1 apg
Steals
1981 Celtics
2.3 spg
1953 Lakers
-
n/a *
Blocks
1981 Celtics
2.3 bpg
1953 Lakers
-
n/a *

Notes: * - Blocks and steals started to be recorded in 1973-74.
- Three-point shots were implemented in 1979-80.