The Celtics recovered from their two knockout blows in Games 1 and 2 with a counterpunch of their own…..as little-used backup center, Greg Kite, provided the spark…..after entering the game late in the first quarter when Robert Parish encountered foul trouble…..wherein he played 20 minutes….and although he failed to score….he grabbed nine rebounds….blocked a Magic Johnson layup….and did solid body work on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The defensive minutes Kite gave Boston from the bench were just enough….as Larry Bird scored 30 points and Dennis Johnson hit 11 of 22 attempts from the field to finish with 26 points. The resurgent Celtics shot 17 of 21 from the floor in the second quarter.
Kevin McHale Celtics’ forward bounced back in Boston with 21 points and 10 rebounds….while letting the air out of James Worthy’s game by limiting the Lakers’ forward to only 13 points and three rebounds. Magic led the Lakers with 32 points in the 109-103 loss.
In this pregame show, CBS’ Brent Musburger does a piece on the Celtics…..as he interviews Celtics GM and President of Operations Red Auerbach…..for some inside information on the state of the Celtics after losing Games 1 and 2.