After inadvertently punching a teammate, Wilt Chamberlain said, “The Stilt’s punches are even less accurate than his free-throw shooting.”

When the Boston Celtics were the opponents in the 1960 Playoff series, Wilt Chamberlain lost control and struck a player. In the end, he struck his teammate.

 

It was impossible to stop Wilt Chamberlain. Bill Russell was the only player who came close, but even he was never able to fully stop Wilt since he was always going to earn his points.

 

The safest course of action for everyone else was to foul and force Wilt to beat them from the free-throw line. And thus was the Celtics’ game plan in their 1960 Playoffs showdown against the MVP and Rookie of the Year of the regular season, even with Russell on the squad.

 

Although Chamberlain continued to score prolifically (averaging 30.5 points per game over the series), Boston put a lot of pressure on him to the point that Wilt lost his cool.

 

“Bring your lunch”

Following Chamberlain’s 42-point performance in Game 1 (which the Celtics won 111-105), Red Auerbach instructed Tommy Heinsohn, a power forward for Boston, to “stand in Chamberlain’s way whenever the Warriors scored, thereby preventing Chamberlain from getting back to defend his basket while Russell rushed down to take an open shot.”

Wilt decked his own teammate The two continued going at one other under the basket — the spot frequently referred to as “the butcher shop.” Wilt taught he was getting fouled, but nothing was called. Then, after one of their numerous exchanges, the Warriors big man lost his patience and shoved Heinsohn.

 

The Stilt’s punches are even less accurate than his free-throw shooting, despite popular belief, Celtics radio host Johnny Most said to his audience. “He just gave his own teammate a deck!”

 

Wilt’s hand was so swollen by halftime that he only managed nine points for the remainder of the game, as the Warriors prevailed 115-110. The following game was even worse; in a 120-90 rout in Boston, an ailing Chamberlain managed just 12 points

 

.  Before Wilt composed himself and gave one of his all-time great postseason performances, the Celtics also won Game 4. Despite his hand injury, he scored 50 points and pulled down 35 rebounds to help the Warriors win 128-107.

 

The Warriors felt they might turn things around after the victory, which tied the series at 3-2. However, their optimism was short-lived as the Celtics defeated them 119-117 in Game 6 to wrap up the Eastern Division Finals

 

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In addition, they demonstrated to the rest of the world how to effectively manage Wilt—not limit him, as evidenced by his 30.5 points and 27.5 rebounds per game and his half-of-the-series wrist injury.

 

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