Flashback (1982) Andrew “The Boston Strangler” Toney Scores 34 in GM7 ECF Vs The Celtics
When people talk about the great 76ers Championship team of the 80s, with the late great Moses Malone and Dr J, Andrew Toney’s name sometimes doesn’t even get name dropped. That’s a real shame, because “The Boston Strangler” not only deserves more love for destroying the Celtics in games four (39 points on 14 of 21 shooting) and seven (34 points on 14 of 23 shooting) of the 1982 ECF, he deserves more love as one of the most underrated scorers of the decade. He was so deadly and feared, the Celtics brought in Dennis Johnson to stop him.
“Am I the answer to Andrew Toney?” Johnson said after being acquired. “I don’t know. I don’t know if anyone can stop him. I’ve had some success against him, he’s had some success against me.”
Unfortunately, there wasn’t many more success stories about Toney as foot injuries limited his career to eight seasons – only 5 of those were healthy ones. But when he was healthy or even just 80%, he was a lot of fun to watch…unless you were a fan of the opposing team.