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Old 06-20-2008, 02:41 AM   #1
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All this past hype had me looking up a view of what the Celtics did in a 1986 3 game playoff series against the Bulls & MJ. The Celts swept them in 3. Even with a poor team & being keyed on, MJ refused to go easy.

Game 1: 49 points

Game 2: 63 points
"I would never have called him the greatest player I'd ever seen if I didn't mean it," said Larry Bird after yesterday's exhilarating, stimulating, emotional, exhausting and altogether brilliant contest. "It's just God disguised as Michael Jordan."

The Celts refused to see it again & held him to only 19 in the 3rd & deciding game.

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The 1986 Boston Celtics team, which finished the regular season 67-15, is generally considered to be the best of Larry Bird's career. Under head coach K.C. Jones, the 1986 Celtics were certainly the deepest team of Bird's career.

In addition to longtime teammates Kevin McHale and Robert Parish, Bird was joined on the front line by former NBA MVP Bill Walton. Despite a career plagued by a series of serious injuries to his knees, ankles and chiefly his feet, Walton would win the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award in 1986 appearing in a career high 80 games.

The backcourt was almost equally talented, led by defensive stopper Dennis Johnson and shooting guard Danny Ainge. Off the bench, the Celtics featured former All-Star Scott Wedman and recent acquisition (from the Indiana Pacers) Jerry Sichting.


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Old 06-20-2008, 01:24 PM   #2
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That was probably the highlight of the playoffs that year. Lakers went down 4-1 to Houston in the Western Finals (no Bird-Magic Finals) and the Bucks beat Philly in 7 to prevent another classic Celtics-76ers Eastern Final.
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Old 06-21-2008, 12:21 PM   #3
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M.J., there will never be another. If there's one thing this year's Finals showed me, it's that Kobe doesn't belong in the same sentence. He couldn't take over and explode like M.J. did.
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Old 06-21-2008, 12:46 PM   #4
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Kobe can take over and explode like MJ could. The big difference being that MJ could do it when it mattered the most while Kobe can only do it in a meaningless regular season game against someone like Golden State.
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