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. The opportunity to reconnect with the Bird era is always fun, especially during his early years in the league. 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 (4-1) vs. Spurs (2-2)
Tuesday, October 23
The San Antonio Spurs, another hold-over from the ABA, transitioned more much successfully to the NBA than the Pacers. A year removed from a 48-34 record and trip to the Eastern Conference Finals (they wouldn’t move to the West until 1982), the Spurs featured the explosive George Gervin, who averaged an incredible 33.1 points that season.
Gervin fell just below his average, finishing with 28 points.
Larry Kenon also had a very productive with 28 points and 10 boards. Mark Olberding, a 6’8″ forward out of the University of Minnesota, contributed a career-high with 1...