(After Hayward injury) "I was already packed. I was ready to go to the G League,” Bird said. "We got training camp coming up and my bags were already packed, I was ready to get out of the house. Then I got the call to go to Boston and I was like, ‘OK, I’m ready too. Just get me a flight.’"
Bird took a red-eye and landed in Boston at 7:30 Wednesday morning. He suited up but did not play during the Celtics’ loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. He figured that’s how it would go again Friday night in Philadelphia but, with coach Brad Stevens searching for some sort of spark, Bird was unexpectedly called upon midway through the third quarter.
The Celtics were down eight when Brown hit the floor, and all he remembers is Stevens telling him to go chase 76ers sharpshooter JJ Redick. Bird played the next 12 minutes, 34 seconds of game action, helping Boston rally ahead and spoil Philadelphia’s home opener with a 102-92 triumph at Wells Fargo Center.
Bird finished with three points over 13:38. He missed his only shot from the field and lamented, "I was surprised I missed. I pride myself on shooting the ball, so I was a little mad.” He got fouled on a 3-point attempt a short time later and scored his first NBA points with a pair of free throws.