Bird, Wilkins battle in ’88 ECF G7; Siegfried, Brown born

On this day in Boston Celtics history, legendary Larry Bird went basket for basket with the Atlanta Hawks’ Dominique Wilkins in the final frame of Game 7 of the 1988 Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Boston would somehow squeak out a 118-116 win despite the Human Highlight Film — as Wilkins was often called — scoring 47 points in the contest, while Bird logged 34, 20 of them coming in the fourth quarter. “The basket was like a well, I couldn’t miss,” recalled Wilkins via Uproxx. “He couldn’t miss. That’s the greatest game I’ve ever played in or seen played. It was two guys who just did not want to lose.”

The Celtics won the series against the Hawks to advance to the NBA Finals but would fall to longtime rivals the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.

It is also the birthday of former Boston point guard Larry Siegfried, who was born in Shelby, Ohio on this date in 1939.

Siegfried played his NCAA ball for his hometown Ohio State Buckeyes and was selected third overall by the Cincinnati Royals in the 1961 NBA draft.

The Ohioan chose instead to play for the American Basketball League (ABL)’s Cleveland Pipers out of distaste for Cincinnati, whose eponymous college had beaten his Ohio State squad the year prior.

The ABL went under the following season and would be convinced by fellow Buckeye teammate John Havlicek to join the Celtics.

Unknown date; Los Angeles, CA, USA; FILE PHOTO; Boston Celtics forward Larry Siegfried (20) in action against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Forum. Mandatory Credit: Darryl Norenberg-USA TODAY Sports

He would of course accept, winning five titles with the team between 1964 and 1969.

He played for Boston for seven seasons, logging 11.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game while with the team, drafted away by the expansion Portland Trail Blazers in the 1970 expansion draft.

It is also the birthday of ex-Celtic floor general Randy Brown, who was born in 1968 in Chicago, Illinois.

Brown played collegiate basketball for Houston and New Mexico State, drafted from the latter 31st overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 1991 NBA draft.

He would also play for the Chicago Bulls before signing as a free agent with Boston in 2000, where he would play two seasons before being dealt with Joe Johnson, Milt Palacio, and draft considerations to the Phoenix Suns for Tony Delk and Rodney Rogers.

Brown averaged 4.1 points, 1.8 boards, and 2.8 assists per game in a reserve role with the team.

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Finally, it is also the date of a game that saw center Robert Williams III block a career-high 9 shots in a 104-93 loss to the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the 2021 Eastern Conference playoffs.

Timelord put up 11 points, 9 rebounds, an assist, and a steal for good measure.

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