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CelticsBlog Triva: Larry Legend trivia quiz

How well do you know the Legend?

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If one wishes to try the harder All-Star edition of the quiz, try to answer the questions without looking at the multiple choice offerings.

Layup-Which college did Larry Bird first transfer from in the fall of 1974?*for an extra point and 3-point play, who was his first college roommate
A) Indiana B) Northwood Institute

Dunk-Why was Larry Bird not the first pick in the 1979 NBA draft after his spectacular senior season?*who was the second pick in the 1979 draft, for an extra point
A) Boston drafted him as a junior eligible in 1978
B) Rival Earvin Johnson was picked ahead of him

Left-handed layup-True or false: Larry Bird outpointed Earvin Johnson 63-3 in voting for the 1979-80 NBA Rookie of the Year and was named first team all-league the same year.
A) True B) False

Free throw-By how many wins, then an NBA record, did Boston improve in Larry Bird's spectacular rookie season of 1979-80?
A) 25 B) 32 C) 38

Jump shot-In what three seasons did Larry Bird win back-to-back-to-back NBA MVP awards, making him the only non-center to ever accomplish this?*name the two 76ers who narrowly beat him out for MVP honors in consecutive seasons for a three-point play
A) 1983-85 B) 1984-86 C) 1985-87 D) 1982-84

Jump shot-Whose team record did Larry break for most points in a game vs. Atlanta in March of 1985?*what city hosted the game for a three-point play
A) John Havlicek B) Kevin McHale C) Bill Sharman D) Sam Jones

Lefty runner-Which of the following sharpshooters did Larry Legend NOT beat in the first three All-Star three-point shootout finals each year he won from 1986-88?
A) Craig Hodges B) Kyle Macy C) Detlef Schrempf D) Dale Ellis

Jump shot-What jersey number did Larry Bird wear for the 1992 Olympic Dream Team?
A) 3 B) 7 C) 9 D)33

3-pointer-Against what powerhouse team did Larry Bird rack up the highest point toal of any triple-double in NBA history in March of 1992, despite an ailing back in his final season, as Boston won a double overtime classic?*how many points did he score for a 4-point play
A) Chicago B) Portland C) LA Lakers D) Cleveland E) Phoenix

3-pointer-In game 1 of the 1981 NBA Finals and again in game 4 of the 1984 Finals, Larry Legend yanked down a career-Championship Series high of how many rebounds?
A) 19 B) 20 C) 21 D) 22 E) 24

25 points is the highest possible score; extra points only apply if the correct answer is given first.

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Answers from the 6th Man Quiz:

(Link to 6th Man Quiz)

Layup-B) Bill Walton. He wore number 5 since his UCLA/Portland/Cipper number of 32 was already worn by Kevin McHale, whose idol growing up was the big redhead.

Dunk-B) Paul Silas/Don Nelson

Reverse layup-A) John Havlicek in 1963-64 and 1964-65, his second and third seasons.

Free throw-B) Frank Ramsey

Free throw-C) Scott Wedman scored 26 points off the pines in the 1985 Memorial Day Massacre.

Jump shot-A) 32. Kevin moved into the starting lineup in 1984-85 after Cedric Maxwell went down with a knee injury.

Jump shot-D) M.L. Carr, aka Michael Leon Carr.

Hook shot-D) Leon Powe

Jump shot-D) Paul Silas started out as a Celtic sixth man but was a starter most of his final three seasons in Boston. He was traded in 1976 after Boston won the title, while Nelson retired after that title campaign.

3-pointer-B) 18. The rival 76ers ended the record streak onMarch 28, 1982. Bird was elbowed by Buck backup center Harvey Catchings to suffer the initial injury. He chafed at the sixth man role upon his return, but coach Bill Fitch was reluctant to upset the roll Boston was on.

3-pointer-B) Kevin McHale won the award, which was not given by the NBA until the early 1980s, in 1984 and 1985. Havlicek certainly would have won it multiple times had the award been around in the 1960s.

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