Moments from the start of Game 7 of Celtics-Cavs, and it’s a highly anticipated game. If you grew up watching the Celtics, you think back to all the Game 7’s you watched as a kid.
Game 7 against the Knicks in ’84 when Bird had a triple double, including 39 points. Game 7 against the Lakers that same year when Maxwell said, “Jump on my back boys, I’m going to carry you tonight.” And he did.
Game 7 of the second round against the Bucks in 1987 when the Celtics were down by eight points in the fourth quarter and Jerry Sichting subbed for an injured Danny Ainge and hit two clutch jump shots. But the game was won when Dennis Johnson made one of the most spectacular defensive plays I’ve ever seen, chasing down a blocked shot of Parish on Jack Sikma and jumping out of bounds and slapping the ball off Sikma to make it Boston ball.
Then, of course, Game 7 that same year against the Pistons. Bird, isolated against Rick Mahorn, has his shot blocked, and the ball goes out of bounds with five seconds left. And Bird steals on just a terrible pass from Isiah and gets it to DJ for the layup to win the game.
There would be the best Game 7 I’ve ever watched in 1988, the Bird-Dominique shootout. Man, this one still has to give any sports fan goose bumps. Bird had 20 in the fourth, including a ridiculous three from the corner with a hand in his face. Boston 118, Atlanta 116.
Now we’re back for another Game 7 that is sure to live on in the memory banks for a long time, win or lose. Who steps up? KG? Allen? Paul Pierce? LeBron?
The fun will be finding out.