February 3, 1982
Well, you know, he was kinda hard to ignore.
Bird played 14 games in January, not including the All-Star Game, where
he was the MVP. He averaged 26.9 points, 12.9 rebounds, 7.1 assists and
2.9 steals. He scored 40 points once and had over 30 on five other
So it did not exactly come as a complete
shock when Bird was named yesterday as the NBA Player of the Month,
beating out Gus Williams, Magic Johnson, Moses Malone, Alex English, Jay
Vincent and John Long, most of whom should be immensely pleased just to
be named in the same paragraph as Larry Bird, when it comes to
discussing quality basketball players.
Which brings us
to last night's game. The Bird stat line reads 43 minutes, 26 points
(8-for-19 from the floor), 13 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal and zero
turnovers. It sounds nice, but what it added up to was a so-so Bird
performance, a routine earn-the-paychec k night's work that nonetheless
represented an achievement that could not have been matched for impact
on the game by 95 percent of the game's players.