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Justin Quinn

Boston’s Larry Bird, Red Auerbach the focus of new, unreleased clip of ‘Winning Time’

For far too long now, the popular HBO series “Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty” has forced fans of the Boston Celtics to reflect on the Los Angeles-based foe the series was created to document during their heyday in the 1980s.

But Boston fans are very aware in this era the two storied clubs traded body blows as each sought to outdo the others in total title count. The second season of the series follows how the rivalry played out as the Celtics started to come on strong in the middle of the decade.

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Among some of the best acting in the series to date has been Sean Patrick Small’s portrayal of Boston Hall of Famer Larry Bird and Michael Chiklis’ portrayal of his iconic general manager.

As the heels of the show, they began the series with a somewhat one-dimensional portrayal that established the heel element of Boston in the series, but as the show has progressed, the portrayal of Bird and Auerbach has grown quite nuanced.

While the general vibe evident in a clip shared recently taken from an interview of Chiklis and Small by For The Win’s Bryan Kalbrosky is not one Lakers fans will likely get ebullient over, it’s certainly worth a look while we wait for the episode to be released.

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