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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

Gordon Hayward opens up about disappointment of losing Isaiah Thomas

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Gordon Hayward opens up about disappointment of losing Isaiah Thomas

Gordon Hayward wanted to go to Boston to play with Isaiah Thomas.

Of course, that's not going to happen. The Celtics traded Thomas to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a package for Kyrie Irving. Hayward explained what it was like for him to learn he and Thomas would not get the chance to hit the court together in Celtics' green.

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"My first reaction was to text I.T., and wish him the best," Hayward wrote in a blog post which he published Thursday. "That was a really strange moment because I’d really been looking forward to playing with him. He didn’t just help recruit me to Boston—he was a big piece of that recruitment. He had talked a lot about city and how it was different to be a Celtic. He talked about the intensity of playing in the Eastern Conference Finals, playing at the Garden in the playoffs, and how much fun it was, and how much fun he had playing in Boston.

"All of that ultimately helped win me over. And by the time of the trade, I had already started to build a little bit of a relationship with him.

"But that is just how the business works. I have spent enough years in the NBA to realize that things can change like that, in an instant. Still, even though we didn’t necessarily get to be teammates, I’m definitely going to be watching him as a fan. In this league, I think we are all rooting for each other in some way or another—just to try to stay healthy, to try to be the best we can be."

Hayward may be genuine about rooting for Thomas -- except perhaps when he faces off against the Cavaliers in the season-opener on Oct. 17 at Quicken Loans Arena. Thomas is uncertain to play due to a hip injury. But the two teams are expected to see each other in the Eastern Conference Finals again after the 2017-18 season. This preview will be an opportunity for Thomas and Irving to get their first shot at revenge against their previous team.

The trade wasn't all bad for Hayward, he explained. He was pleased at the prospect of playing with Irving. Hayward cited Irving's abilities in 1-on-1 situations and clutch moments. He appreciated Irving's scoring ability, because Hayward knows the point guard will open up space for Hayward to knock down open shots. Above all, Hayward seemed to value Irving's unique experience.

"And then getting a chance to play with LeBron James, and going to the Finals three straight years—those are experiences that are invaluable and that you really can’t teach," Hayward wrote. "Having that experience of playing in those big moments, dealing with the circus of the media, dealing with expectations, those are all things that I think he can help us with. Because most of us, myself especially, have never been through that."

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