Video: Larry Bird hits a bunch of threes

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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.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Horford admits he was 'very emotional' after 'special' win

Horford admits he was 'very emotional' after 'special' win

CLEVELAND – For about 30 or so seconds following Boston’s 111-108 Game 3 win over Cleveland, Al Horford was not Al Horford.

He’s a passionate player, but seldom is it on display in as outwardly a fashion as it was following their Game 3 victory.

In an interview with CSN’s Abby Chin after the game, Horford tried to put into words what the victory meant.

But the aggressive high-fives to teammates passing him by, the intense way he looked into the camera … that spoke volumes about what this game meant to the veteran big man.

“It’s big, it’s big!” Horford said in between high-fives with Jonas Jerebko and other Celtics who came past him.

“A lot of people doubting us out there!” Horford said, staring intently into the camera as if he was saying, ‘yeah, I’m talking about you!’”

Less than 24 hours after the game, Horford’s emotions had cooled down considerably.

“It was an emotional game,” he told CSN following a short practice at the Q Arena on Monday. “Just, having to hear … since the blowout, everybody counting us out. Everybody really believing that it was over.”

The Celtics came into Game 3 having lost both Games 1 and 2 at home by a combined 57 points which includes the worst playoff loss (Game 2, 130-86) in franchise history.

So with that as the backdrop, knowing full well that no one outside of their locker room gave them an ice cube in hell’s chance at winning Game 3, the victory brought about a level of satisfaction that Celtics players had seldom experienced before if at all.

“The emotions at that time were high for our group,” Horford admitted. “And it shows what we’ve been talking about all year, a resilient group that has a lot of fight in them. We were hit with some adversity with Isaiah being down but our group responded.”

Thomas re-aggravated a right hip injury in Game 2, and was later ruled out for the rest of the playoffs. 

After falling behind 77-56 in the third quarter, the Celtics closed out the third with a 26-10 run to come within 87-82 going into the fourth quarter. During the run, Marcus Smart had 11 points which turned out to be equal to LeBron James’ scoring output … for the entire game.

This is Horford's 10th NBA season, all of which have included a trip to the postseason.

That, combined with having won a pair of national championships when he played at the University of Florida, serves as a reminder that the 30-year-old has been on the winning ledger of big games before.

But even he acknowledged Sunday’s Game 3 win was … different.

“I have had plenty of moments like this,” Horford said. “But this was definitely emotional. This was very emotional, exciting, on the road, no one really giving us any chance. To be able to come through like that, it just felt great. I’ve been part of emotional wins, but this one was a special one.”

That was evident in Horford’s energy-charged, post-game comments.

“Heart! Heart! This team got heart!” he yelled. “We got beat bad (in Game 2), but it’s all about how you rebound!”

And we get that message, loud and clear!

'Ecstatic' Thomas was with Celtics teammates via FaceTime after Game 3 win

'Ecstatic' Thomas was with Celtics teammates via FaceTime after Game 3 win

CLEVELAND – Gone but definitely not forgotten.

Isaiah Thomas, out for the rest of the playoffs with a right hip injury, wasn’t in the Q Arena physically, but his presence – and his face via FaceTime – were inside the locker room in the initial moments following their 111-108 Game 3 win over Cleveland.

“We called him right after the game,” said Boston’s Avery Bradley. “He got to celebrate with us a little bit. It’s sad that he’s not here. We wish he was here with us. We just want him to get better.”

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens added, “I didn’t even realize that had happened until later on. one of my first text messages was from Isaiah.  He’s hurting not being out there but he’s completely invested, for sure.”

He initially suffered the injury on March 15 at Minnesota, but re-aggravated it in the first half of Boston’s Game 2 loss to the Cavs. Less than 24 hours later, Thomas was deemed out for the remainder of the playoffs.

Instead of Thomas being the rock of sorts that the Celtics lean on with his play, he has become their rallying cry for the remainder of the playoffs.

“All we can do is play hard for him,” Bradley said. “He was excited with the way we played. We’re a family. Other guys got an opportunity to step up for us. Marcus (Smart) had a big game for us. It could be somebody else next game.”

Smart led the Celtics with a career-high 27 points which included a career-best seven 3’s going down.

And most important, the Celtics avoided going down 3-0 which would have all but sealed their fate in this series considering no team in league history has ever come back for a 3-0 series deficit.

Doing so without Thomas, the Celtics’ leading scorer and the top regular season scorer in the Eastern Conference, made the win all that more impressive for Boston.

“It meant a lot,” Horford said. “We know, Isaiah gives us so much and gave us so much this year. For him, we definitely wanted to come out and fight for him and our season and our team. It felt good to keep believing despite being down big. Just felt good to win the game and bring life back to our locker room. Because going down 3-0, that’s a death sentence pretty much. This was big.”

Not only to the Celtics players but also to Thomas who also texted head coach Brad Stevens full of excitement following Boston’s surprising win.

“He was excited,” Horford recalled. “He was ecstatic. I know he wishes he was here being part of it. We just need to keep doing it for him and our group and doing the best we can.”