So the Celtics' all-time leading scorer takes a seat while Kevin McHale waits for next weeks Paul Pierce/Ray Allen winner.
Today, former teammates Tommy Heinsohn and Bill Russell square off (and on Tommy's birthday, to boot). They won 8 championships together, but now one will have to eliminate the other to advance. Here's how the matchup looks:
(4) Tommy Heinsohn
1-on-1 Advantage: Scoring, rebounding. Tommy could score points, though he was a bit of a volume scorer (more on that in the disadvantage). Tommy's got enough size (6'7", 218) to score down low if he wanted to. In fact, he loved to take hook shots, which were very difficult to block.
1-on-1 Disadvantage: Shooting
Tommy wasn't the most accurate of scorers. He never shot better than 43% in any season. He made up for it by being a terrific rebounder. In a 1-on-1 situation, he'll have to do a lot of following his own shots to get some put-backs.
(12) Bill Russell
1-on-1 Advantage: Size, defense. Bill Russell seemed to block every shot that went up against him. At 6'9", he's not TOO big to go up against a guard but not too small to face a big man.
1-on-1 Disadvantage: Shooting. Russell could finish around the basket, but his range doesn't extend out too far. Unless he gets in close, he might have a tough time scoring.