Over the next couple days Cort Reynolds will take a look at the top NBA Finals performances by Larry Bird. Presented here are numbers 10-6. Stay tuned for the final five.
By Cort Reynolds
With the NBA championship series in full swing and talk about Tim Duncan's place among the game's all-time greats being bandied about, it seems a good time to review the top 10 Finals contests in the storied career of Celtic legend Larry Bird.
Bird played in 31 championship series games over five series, leading the Celtics to three crowns and a 16-15 overall record. Other than the 1984 seven-game classic over the Lakers, the other four Finals he played in all went six contests, with two being injury-plagued losses to the hated Los Angelenos.
With all due respect to Duncan, the talk of him being a top 10 player all time is just not valid. San Antonio has never beaten a great or even very good team in the Finals during its four trips previous to 2013. And the NBA is severely watered down now c...