When greatness comes in threes

With knowing eyes, Bird, McHale & Parish watch the Celtics hang on for their lives

Updated: March 10, 2012, 12:54 PM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

The former champions, even as they advanced in years and their bodies betrayed them, remained convinced they could steal one more ring.

The Big Three believed they would summon the necessary resolve to make it happen because, simply, they always could. And, right to the bitter end, they resisted in conceding what others kept insisting: Their time had come and gone.

Now, 20 years later, they are viewed as sentimentality gone awry, a trio that should have been blown up before they ...

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