Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 10/4/12
There is not a Celtics fan alive that does not get giddy watching that. It is the single greatest play in the history of a team that has seen 17 banners raised to the rafters, and countless mind-boggling plays that made those championships a reality. There is so much that makes this the best. First and foremost, it is executed by one of the franchise's Gods, Larry Bird. If Danny Ainge had pulled off that play, it would not have the same impact. Sorry, it would not have. Part of this play's ultimate appeal is that Superman saved the day... not Jimmy Olsen. Secondly, the situation. Seconds left, down one, at risk of going down 3-2 in the Conference Finals. When the referee gave the ball to Detroit, panic had set in at the Boston Garden. This play turned rock bottom into the highest of highs in a split second. It was, literally, unbelievable. You wondered if you saw what you saw, or if you were hallucinating. Thirdly, the opponent. Boston and Detroit hated each other so ...
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