DJ made all the plays ... big and little
He was a green and white blur, taking Larry Bird's pass in stride and hitting the layup that gave the Celtics Game 5 of the 1987 Eastern Conference Finals against the Detroit Pistons.
That's how a lot of Celtics fans will always remember Dennis Johnson -- the player on the tail end of one of Larry Legend's career-defining plays, sealing a hard-fought win over the Bad Boys in the kind of playoff series they don't make anymore. The kind where the word "hate" isn't sportswriter hyperbole.
DENNIS JOHNSON: 1954-2007
Name: Dennis Wayne Johnson
Born: Sept. 18, 1954, in Compton, Calif.
College: Pepperdine University
Drafted: Seattle SuperSonics, 1976 (29th overall)
NBA teams: Seattle (1976-80), Phoenix (1980-83), Boston (1983-90)
Career highlights: Won NBA titles with Seattle (1979) and Boston (1984, '86) ... Voted NBA Finals MVP in 1979 ... All-NBA First Team (1981) ... All-NBA Second Team (1980) ... All-Defensive First Team (1979-83, '87) ... All-Defensive Second Team (1984-86) ... Five-time NBA All-Star (1979-82, '85)
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