Post-game Reactions

Avery Bradley usually isn’t compared to Larry Bird. During one shot tonight, that changed.

The fourth-year guard was in the right spot in the first quarter on Tuesday night, rebounding a Jared Sullinger airball under the basket. Knowing he needed to get off a shot before the shot clock expired, Bradley hoisted up a prayer as he fell out of bounds. Incredibly, magic ensued.

If you are like most Celtics fans, the shot probably immediately reminded you of this over-the-backboard gem from Larry Bird back in October 1986.

Boston’s longtime vice president of public relations, Jeff Twiss witnessed both shots in person, and told CelticsHub after the game he wasn’t sure which one was the better shot. “They were both good,” Twiss explained.

Thus I’ll leave the decision to you the readers. Avery Bradley vs. Larry Bird over-the-backboard: Who did it better?

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Brian Robb

Brian Robb co-founded CelticsHub in 2009 and is the currently editor-in-chief. He is a producer and reporter at 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston and also contributes to Boston.com and Bleacher Report among other outlets.
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  • Ray

    I'm going to say that Bradley's shot was more incredible. He is doing it on the fly, catch and shoot without touching the floor. Bird had more time to prepare for the shot, plus he was really cleaning up his own error.

    That said, if I had to pick one of them to do it again, I'd pick Larry (assuming I get the 1986 Bird not the 2013 Bird).