Larry Bird had been out of the lineup for weeks when Boston met the Indiana Pacers in the 1992 Eastern Conference First Round. Thankfully, the Celtics didn’t require any heroics from the Indiana native and swept the Pacers in three games. The next matchup in the semifinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers proved more challenging. Although Bird returned off the bench in Game 4, the Cavaliers had captured a 3-2 series lead and pushed Boston to the brink of elimination. In what would be his final game at Boston Garden, Bird joined the starting lineup in Game 6 and showed out with 14 assists and 16 points. Reggie Lewis, Boston’s leading scorer all season, tallied 26 points while Kevin McHale scored 22 in just 23 minutes. The Celtics ultimately fell in Game 7, but that final playoff series with Bird on the floor showcased his grit and heart one last time.
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