There Cannot Be Another Larry Bird vs. Boston Celtics game.

There Cannot Be Another Larry Bird vs. Boston Celtics game.

Yes, there isn’t a Larry Bird playing for the Boston Celtics. There is no Dominique Wilkins on the Atlanta Hawks roster. However, stars are on both teams. In the NBA, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are arguably the greatest duo. Any night of the week, Trae Young can light it up.

Young can’t become too hot for the Celtics. The Hawks must be put away early. When the teams play in Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs on Saturday, Boston cannot afford to play below the level of competition as they have done this season. A matchup akin to that of Bird and Wilkins in the 1988 postseason is the last thing the Celtics need.

The Boston Celtics were in their fourth consecutive NBA Finals, but they were an aging team in 1988. It was inevitable that a dynasty that produced three NBA titles in six years would come to an end. There were predictions that the Hawks would conclude their championship run in the conference semifinals of 1988.

After winning the first two games of the series at the Boston Garden, the Celtics held serve and had homecourt advantage. The Hawks followed suit, but after Kevin Willis, a seven-footer, dominated with 27 points and 14 points in Game 5, they stole the game in Boston. With the intention of winning the series and ending Boston’s dominance in the East, the Hawks returned to Atlanta.

Luckily, the Celtics’ experience prevailed. The Celtics narrowly prevailed 102–100 despite a game-high 35 points from Wilkins to force a Game 7 back in Boston.

Sports Illustrated reported that Bird remarked following Game 6, “Guess y’all were here for a funeral.” “Well, it wasn’t there.”

Then, he virtually assured us that the Celtics would win the series finale.

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