Isaiah Thomas recalls Larry Bird’s iconic Game 5 steal in the 1987 Playoffs: “I never saw him run that fast by the way

Isaiah Thomas recalls Larry Bird’s iconic Game 5 steal in the 1987 Playoffs: “I never saw him run that fast by the way”

Isaiah Thomas still vividly remembers Larry Bird stealing his pass to Bill Laimbeer in the closing seconds of Game 5 of the 1987 Eastern Conference Finals. With Detroit up by one point 107-106, Bird stole Thomas’ inbounds pass intended for the Pistons center. 

Larry Legend tip-toed on the baseline before finding a cutting Dennis Johnson for the game-winning layup just as time expired. During the Indiana Glory TV program, which aired on All-Star weekend, Zeke recalled what transpired during those final 5 seconds when the Celtics snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

“And I had just made a shot to put us up one. So the ball goes out of bounds, and I’m thinkin’ ‘Okay, I’m a get it to Laimbeer, he’s one of our best foul shooters, big guy, so I’m gonna put it up in the air. And it was like a slow motion like the ball goes up in the air, I didn’t even see him…I never saw him run that fast by the way,” he said.

Larry was trying to foul Laimbeer

For sure, Larry ran fast in that play. But in another interview, Bird also said that he wasn’t even going for the steal there. Larry Legend said that he was guarding Joe Dumars in that sequence when he saw Laimbeer wide open.

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