By Cort Reynolds
In the 1970s, no one played harder anywhere or better for Boston than undersized Celtic great center Dave Cowens, the redhead who led Gang Green to two NBA championships.
Although he was not officially named the MVP of either Finals victory, a case could be made, especially in 1976, that Cowens was deserving of the honor. In both clinching victories, he was the difference maker that provided the Celtics their 12th and 13th titles.
In game seven of the 1974 NBA Finals, the Celtics faced the daunting task of beating Milwaukee on the road. Furthermore, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was in his prime and had nearly a six-inch height advantage and probably close to a foot when reach is included, over Cowens. And all-time great Oscar Robertson was playing his final game and wanted desperately to go out a champion in his 14th and final season.
The Bucks had forced a seventh game by winning a double overtime classic in Boston just two days earlier, when Jabbar's long running b...