The 1990–91 NBA season was the 45th season for the Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association. After failing to advance past the first round in the two previous seasons, it appeared going into the 1990–91 season that the Celtics were fading as NBA title contenders. However, the Celtics burst to a 29–5 start reminiscent of their title years of the 1980s and once again established themselves as contenders. Besides general team improvement, the Celtics were helped by the return of 1988 first round draft pick Brian Shaw. Beginning in January, Larry Bird began to miss significant playing time due to back injuries and the team struggled in his absence. The team limped to the finish, losing 6 of their final 8 games to finish at 56–26. Rookie Dee Brown won the Slam Dunk Contest during the All-Star Weekend in Charlotte.
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