1.10.2009

Celtics are Making it Simple

1990-91 Boston Celtics
Remembering the 29-5 Start
11/20/1990


Some of the best things in basketball are still quite simple.

Celtics need a quick bucket. Larry Bird receives a pass at the wing. Drives his man into a heavily guarded Robert Parish at the high post, and the Chief pivots to the basket at the moment of contact. That leaves two men staring Bird in the face and Parish alone beneath the rim. Bird with the feed. Parish with the slam. Simple.

Maybe next time, Bird will run his man into Parish, pull up and let a jumper fly. Parish pivots to the basket and has good position on the boards. Easy.

They know it's only pick-and-roll, but they like it.

It's easy to see why. The play is textbook basketball, as much a Celtic tradition as the 16 banners in the Garden rafters.

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