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 often doesn’t get name dropped. That’s a real shame! “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. Toney was so deadly and feared, the Celtics brought in defensive specialist 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 weren’t many more success stories about Toney as foot injuries limited his career to just eight seasons — only five 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.


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