Justin Barrasso will be perusing the box scores of the Boston Celtics during the Larry Bird years, starting with Bird’s rookie year in 1979-1980. We’ll be posting the box score as well as some commentary each game day as we re-visit the ’79-’80 season. Enjoy.
Celtics (5-2) vs. Hawks (5-4)
Saturday, October 27, 1979
The Celtics continued their road trip with Saturday night visit to play Ted Turner’s Atlanta Hawks. The Celtics were in the fourth game of the six game trip, and with a win, would improve to 3-2 on the road and continue their pursuit of the first place, undefeated – now 8-0 – Philadelphia 76ers (where the C’s would travel on November 10). As interesting as the Hawks were on the court, they were an even better story off of it.
Owned by Ted Turner and coached by Hubie Brown, the Hawks were one of the NBA’s surprises, coming off a 46-win season and a trip to the Eastern Conference semis. Hubie Brown really made his mark on the world of professional basketba