Player to watch: Olajuwon. If he can improve his passing just a little, Sampson will be the better for it.
Close your eyes for a moment and imagine. Bill Walton rebounds and outlets to Dennis Johnson. DJ sends it ahead to Bird. Bird looks off the defense and goes behind his back. Len Bias gathers in the perfect pass, takes one giant step, tomahawks a thundering dunk and raises his fist as Boston Garden explodes.
Juice. Adrenaline. Something completely different. That's what Bias would have given the BOSTON CELTICS. Last year they got it from Bill Walton. This year they don't have it. Fred Roberts? Sorry, he's not juice.
What the Celts do have, in the opinion of Bullet coach Kevin Loughery, is "the best front line in the history of basketball." They have Bird, the game's best player, and DJ, the game's most underrated player. They're an assassination unit at the height of its power, a machine that can win every night.
Player to watch: Bird. He has a chance to become the first NBA player to win four MVP awards in a row.