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So we have to ask… can they both play here in the Finals in June?

Imagine. The NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Finals take place simultaneously at the Space Hockey/Hoop Loop. A Bull Gang Bacchanal. The Larry O’Brien Trophy and Lord Stanley’s Cup sitting side by side at TD Garden. Former champions Johnny Bacik and Robert Parrish, Chief and Chief, walk arm in arm down Causeway Street. Bobby Orr as Banners captain one night, Larry Bird the next night presenting Bill Russell with the NBA Finals MVP award.

No city has ever won two winter sports titles in the same spring, but a double-headed duck boat is possible in Boston in June.

The Bruins scored 80 points in 47 games and went on to finish with the best record in NHL history. They are 22-1-3 at home. They still have three players who won the Stanley Cup in 2011 and appeared in Game Seven of the Finals just four years ago. Anything can happen in playoff hockey, but Spoked-B will enter the tournament favored to make the finals.

Last year, the Celtics were in the NBA Finals and beat the Warriors 2-1. They are now 35-14, having won nine of their last 11. Jayson Tatum is an MVP candidate and president of basketball operations Brad Stevens has filled rookie coach Joe Mazzulla’s bench. They managed to beat the Warriors in overtime last week. They are Vegas favorites to win the franchise’s 18th championship.

If the Celtics and Bruins make the Finals, it will mark the 10th time a city has had a crack at two banners in the same spring. It would be the fourth shutout for Boston, the first since May 1974, when the Celtics beat the Bucks in Week 7, a week before the Flyers clinched the title against Orrs’ Bruins.

The Bruins last paraded the Stanley Cup through Boston in 2011.The Boston Globe/Boston Globe

Boston was the first city to hit this rare double, and it happened right after Russell arrived in the winter of 1956-57. The Celtics had never won a title, but rookies Russell and Tommy Heinsohn outscored them in seven games against the St. Louis Hawks. The Celtics won it in double overtime on April 13, just three days before the Canadiens would defeat the Bruins in the fifth and deciding Stanley Cup Final at the Forum.

Boston returned to the championship game a year later, but the Celtics lost in six to the Hawks after Russell left the game with a sprained ankle. The Bruins lost to the Bleu, Blanc, et Rouge in Game 6 on Causeway Street eight days later.

Those were heady days for New England fans. double finals featuring the same two cities in both sports.

New York clinched a doubleheader at the new Madison Square Garden in 1972, but the Knicks lost to the Lakers and the Rangers lost to the Bruins (remember that one?) in six games.

Philadelphia (1980), Chicago (1992), New Jersey (2003) and Bay Area (2016) all had one shot at the doubleheader, but none came close. Two of them suffered back-to-back Finals losses, and the ’92 Blackhawks were swept by the Penguins a few weeks before Michael Jordan’s Bulls beat Portland for the NBA title.

New York in 1994 and Boston in 1974 provided good shots. The ’94 Rangers won the franchise’s first Stanley Cup in 54 years, defeating the Canucks in Game 7 on June 14 at the Garden.

Boston came nearly as close in ’74.

The Bruins and Flyers, the Stanley Cup finalists, were tied 1-1 after two games when Dave Cowens hit a jumper from center against Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the final Game 7, Sunday, May 12, 1974, at 14 p.m. ET in Milwaukee. at :30.

An hour and a half later, while the Celtics and Bucks were beating each other in a battle for winners, the Bruins faced Game 3 against the Flyers in the Spectrum.

The Celtics released the Duck Boats in 2008.Ryan, David L. Globe Staff

Imagine what it was like in the homes of Greater Boston that afternoon. You had the Celtics and Bucks in Game 7 on Channel 7. And you had Bruins-Flyers Game 3 on Channel 4 starting right when the Celtics and Bucks started the second half.

John Havlicek … Bobby Orr … Kareem Abdul-Jabbar … Phil Esposito … Oscar Robertson … Bobby Clarke … Dave Cowens … Dave Schultz … Joe Joe White … Wayne Cashman.

The Celtics won the championship that afternoon and were celebrating in their tiny Mecca locker room while the Bruins skated to a 4-1 loss to the Broad Street Bullies. The Bs were eliminated after a week.

It must have been blurred.

And this year we might get three glorious weeks of Jayson Tatum … Patrice Bergeron … Stephen Curry … Kyle Makar … Jaylen Brown … Brad Marchand … Draymond Green … Nathan McKinnon … Klay Thompson … David Krejci.

Clear your calendar. See you in June.


Dan Shaughnessy is a Globe columnist. He can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @dan_shaughnessy:.



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