The first game that marked off the beginning of the NBA playoffs for this season was the match-up between the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls.
Although this promises to be a rather entertaining series with or without Kevin Garnett, this will not top the game played back during the 1986 playoffs between the Boston Celtics with Bird/Parrish/McHale against a Chicago Bulls team led by a young Michael Jordan.
The game on the outset appeared that the Celtics who that year went 40-1 at home were going to steam-roll through the Chicago Bulls. However, Michael Jordan who was coming off of a foot-injury that he suffered during the regular season would not let up.
Jordan absolutely dominated the game and it was noted that not a single Celtics player could stop him. Although the Bulls would eventually lose in double overtime and get swept by the Celtics who would eventually go onto win the NBA championship, Michael Jordan’s 63 points at the Boston Garden (still a playoff record to this day) will never be forgotten by any one who witnessed it.
(The anniversary of this game will coincide with game two of the current Bulls playoff series against the Boston Celtics.)
To quote Larry Bird after the game, “That was God disguised as Michael Jordan. He’s the most awesome player I’ve ever seen…he was getting his points in the flow of the game…scary”