Video: Larry Bird hits a bunch of threes


Video: Larry Bird hits a bunch of threes

Spend enough time searching YouTube for one specific "thing" and they'll eventually just do the searching for you.

Just like that. One day you'll visit the site, start to type "keyboard cats," "barefoot grannies," or whatever else into the engine, andBOOM. It's already on the home page: A list of recommended videos containing the VERY content you were about to search for.

Anyway, I know that this feature has been around forever, but I needed to explain how I came across a video called: "Larry Bird hits a bunch of threes."

And that's the explanation. It was just sitting on my YouTube homepage when I visited the site this morning. Did I click on it? Of course. It's called "Larry Bird hits a bunch of threes." That may be the most simple and genius title to any video in existence.

And after clicking, I wasn't disappointed. It was the most random and entertaining 3:50 of my day. So I figured I'd share.

The description under the video only states that the footage came from a 1991 regular season game between the Pacers and Celtics, but through a little research, I figured out that the night in question was March 4, 1991. In other (more depressing) words, just about 22 years ago.

The final score was Celtics 126, Pacers 101, and as the video suggests, Bird did hit a bunch of threes. He was 7-10 from deep on that night and finished with 29 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.

As for the video . . .

It picks up in the middle of a random first-quarter possession, with 25-year-old Reggie Lewis being guarded on the perimeter by 25-year-old Reggie Miller. (Crazy to think that they were and still should be the same age. Reggie Miller isn't even that old.) Lewis drives to the lane, but loses the ball. It's picked up by Kevin Gamble and worked around to Bird who then drains a three in Chuck Person's eye.

And we're off.

Tommy Heinsohn is in the booth with someone who's most definitely not Mike Gorman. And Chuck Person is most definitely not the only guy about to be abused by Larry Bird.

Over the course of this 3:50 minute video, Detlef Schrempf also gets it a few times. LaSalle Thompson does too. There's one play where Dee Brown is running a pick-n-roll with Kevin McHale and kicks it out to Larry for a three right in Miller's mug. There's another play where Larry starts to shoot, pump fakes, loses Rik Smits and slings a pass to an open Robert Parish for an incredibly awkward lay-in. There are two occasions where Miller hits a three-pointer and you can see the blood start to boil in Bird's finger tips. In both cases, on the next possession, he gets the balls and immediately makes it rain from incredibly deep, striking Reggie's three from the record.

There are other highlights, including the play-by-play guy's building insanity with every Bird three. It goes from "There's Bird for three" to "Yikes!! Another one!" to my personal favorite "Oh my! Oh my!! Oh my!!!" Larry's got some great passes in there too, including dishes to Gamble and Lewis. At the 1:50 mark, there's even a shot of Bird dribbling the ball between his legs! Don't know if I've ever seen that before.

Towards the end the clip, Kevin McHale gets in on the three-point action with a third quarter buzzer beater, and then the video finishes up as randomly and awesomely as it began . . .

With Dee Brown going coast to coast and finishing with the most athletic play I've seen this season (from a player who's now 44 years old).

"I tell you what . . . PUT IT IN THE HIGHLIGHT FILM!!" Heinsohn screams.

Thankfully, someone listened. And thankfully, that someone's highlight film popped up on my YouTube homepage. (Thanks to fatal9ish for the content)

Enjoy . . .

I told you Dee's finish was great. He was a rookie here. Only 22 years old. Less than a month removed from winning the Dunk Contest. And why I am still typing? This post was supposed to end right after the video.

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Celtics-Bulls preview: C's quickly turn page to new-look Bulls


Celtics-Bulls preview: C's quickly turn page to new-look Bulls

BOSTON – Change is an inevitable when it comes to NBA rosters.

Just as the Boston Celtics significantly altered the outlook many had for them this season by signing Al Horford to a four-year, $113 million contract, they face a Chicago Bulls team tonight that has also undergone significant change.

The Bulls traded away one favorite son (Derrick Rose) and went about adding another in Dwyane Wade.

In addition to Wade, Chicago also signed former Celtic All-Star Rajon Rondo to join a team headlined by All-Star guard Jimmy Butler.

As easy as it could have been to worry about the struggles they had in disposing of the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, the Celtics knew they had to immediately turn the page and shift their focus towards a Chicago Bulls team that’s looking to start its season with a quality win over the Celtics.

“They’re a good team. They have great players over there,” said Jae Crowder. “They’re trying to figure it out. They’re going to be very excited to play of course. We have to take care of business, play the way we want to play and impose our will even more.”

One of the keys to knocking off the Bulls will be to get better play from their second unit.

Boston’s backups were outscored 58-40 but more significant than that was their inability to hold off the late-charging Nets which forced head coach Brad Stevens to bring his starters back on to the floor with about two minutes to play.

Among the reasons contributing to the bench’s ineffective play on Wednesday was the fact that Marcus Smart (left ankle sprain) was out.

Remember, Smart has been with the second unit for all of training camp minus the second half of their 121-96 preseason loss to the New York Knicks.

Crowder believes not having Smart, who will be out for another week or so, was indeed a factor in the second unit’s struggles.

“They trying to figure it out on the fly,” Crowder said. “With a few days of practice and probably one tough day of practice without him. It’s tough but they’re figuring it out. There’s no other way to figure it out but in a game. They’ll figure it out as soon as possible.”