.902, .522, and 28.8
Earlier in the week, FLCeltsFan reminded us that NBA TV was airing two Celtics' games from the 1980s, one of which was the 1985 Celtics-Pistons game in which Kevin McHale scored 56 points. My first thought upon seeing the game was "ah hah!" Kent Benson on defense. Now I get it.
My second thought was triggered when Bill Laimbeer (insert your own nickname), hacked #33 sending him to the line. Before taking his first freebie, Larry's stats were displayed:
Free throw percentage: .902
Field Goal Percentage: .522
Scoring Average: 28.8
Shall we all bow down in reverence at once?
Seriously, can you imagine if the current squad had one guy who could post numbers like that?
I'm tempted to say, Shorty, were you paying attention?
Because, of course, 1985 was smack dab in the middle of Bird's three MVP years.
I remember a drop off after 1986, but Basketball Reference says it isn't so.
1987 and 1988 were MVP quality years, too.
C's just weren't championship timbre, and the Lakers were.
Hence, guess who won the MVPs that year?
Long story short, thanks to FCF for the heads up, and yet another post asking the question whether Rondo will emerge as an MVP candidate this season, and, if not, where will that leave the C's title hopes?
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