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Larry Bird Looks at theNBA Championship Series

Larry Bird offers to UPI his assessment the starters, key reserves and coaches involved in the championship series between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers. (Listing number, name, height, weight, number of years in NBA and points per game during regular season) LOS ANGELES LAKERS 32-Magic Johnson, 6-9, 215, 6 yrs., 18.3 ppg

'He's a big-play man. If he has to score, he'll score. He does a fantastic job of running the ballclub, he'll take the outside shot and he's scoring more. About Magic there is nothing to say but that he is great.' 4-Byron Scott, 6-4, 197, 2 yrs., 16.0 ppg

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'Byron is their most consistent player right now -- he is hitting the shots from the outside, he's playing with confidence and he will cause a lot of problems for us.' 33-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 7-2, 235, 16 yrs., 22.0 ppg

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'Kareem is definitely an offensive player, so we've got to beat him up and down the court and get (Boston center) Robert (Parish) down there for the easy baskets.' 31-Kurt Rambis, 6-8, 220, 4 yrs., 5.4 ppg

'Kurt is the guy they send in and tell him to beat people up and get all the rebounds. He's out there to work and he'll get the job done. He'll play a finesse game at times, when he's on the breaks, but when they need rebounds, he's the guy they go to.' 42-James Worthy, 6-10, 219, 3 yrs., 17.6 ppg

'Worthy is the type of guy who really scares you because he is so explosive on the offensive end -- making the great plays, filling the lanes and getting some easy baskets. You've got to play him close and keep your body on him.' Los Angeles Bench

'They've got a great bench, they've got guys who can shoot the eyes out of the basket. (Bob) McAdoo is going to present problems for us, he led the league in scoring at one time and we've got to shut him down as soon as he comes into the game. He got hurt last year -- to our benefit.' Coach Pat Riley, NBA career record 269-111, 4 years as Lakers coach.

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'Riley's probably the second-best coach in the league, next to K.C., of course. The Lakers don't make mistakes when running plays because he's got the plays drilled into their heads. They play the type of game Riley wants them to play; LA moves it around, kicks it inside and outside and runs its patterns very well. He's got a lot of talent there and he knows how to use it.' BOSTON CELTICS 3-Dennis Johnson, 6-4, 202, 9 yrs., 15.7 ppg

'DJ's weakness is his outside shot, if it's not going and he keeps taking it, that's his only weakness. I don't think he'll take many outside shots, he'll just take everything down low. He's smart. He's the best player I ever played with.' 44-Danny Ainge, 6-5, 185, 4 yrs., 12.9 ppg

'A key, if he outplays Byron Scott, we'll win ourselves a championship. We definitely need Danny playing for us, without a good playoff series from him, we're in trouble.' 00-Robert Parish, 7-0, 230, 6 yrs., 17.6 ppg

'If Robert feels healthy (ankle, elbow and back), he'll be a big part of our success. He is capable of playing as well against Kareem as he did against Moses (Malone). He's a great defensive player. He can catch any type of pass.' 32-Kevin McHale, 6-11, 225, 5 yrs., 19.8 ppg

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'There is nobody who can match up with him. If he's got it going, there is nobody who is going to stop us. I've said he's one of the best six players in the league. Kevin is a big big asset for us, but he does have terrible hands.' 33-Larry Bird, 6-9, 220, 6 years, 28.7 ppg.

'Myself, I'm the greatest.' Boston bench

'We've got to have good play out of our bench this series. They've been getting knocked all season, but here we are in the finals and they're still producing for us. I think you'll see M.L. (Carr) and (Cedric) Maxwell getting more valuable minutes, coming in to stop some of the Lakers players, because if certain people get hot, we have to try something different defensively, and those two guys will be keys for us.' Coach K.C. Jones, NBA career record 320-159, 2 years as Celtics coach.

'He's doing something he always wanted to do: coach the Boston Celtics. Because of all he's done, as a player and coach, he won't try and be bigger than his players, he's not on any ego trip. He lets us run our plays, but he knows when we've got control of the game, even if the score's tied. K.C. is the type of coach who doesn't get too upset with the way we're playing. He doesn't get too upset, he's been through it all before; you don't like to see coaches choke in this situation because then his players will choke, and K.C. won't do that.'

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