The Lakers lose in the 1981 NBA playoffs to the Celtics, leading to disappointment.
"Winning Time" shifts to flashbacks about Larry Bird's journey from Indiana to the Celtics.
The flashbacks have a more focused and modest tone, reflecting Bird's determined character.
Bird's father's suicide influences his decisions and mindset about basketball.
Celtics' GM Red Auerbach plays a key role in persuading Bird to join the Celtics.
The relationship between coaches and players is characterized by a paternal and caring connection.
Auerbach's care for players and strategic insight create deep respect and admiration among players and opponents.