Former Boston Celtics, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett returned to Boston yesterday for the first time since they were traded to the Brooklyn Nets. Pierce played his whole career, a total of 1,274 career games. Garnett played 6 years for the Celtics where he took the Boston Pride very seriously. The Celtics organization gave Garnett and Pierce two separate video tributes in the first half. Boston fans showered both former Celtics with applause during the videos that lasted several minutes for each player.
The two former Celtics had slow games as they both only scored 6 points but the Nets won 85-79. It was a great moment for the former Celtics who both expressed how they felt after the game. Pierce with a post game interview and the other two players spoke during post game press conferences.
Last night was definitely a night to remember for Los Angeles Clippers coach, Doc Rivers as he returned to Boston to face his old team. The Boston Celtics will always have a great respect for Doc because he helped revive the team that was struggling and turned it around with 2 NBA finals appearances. One appearance resulted in an NBA championship. Doc returned to a standing ovation and a tribute video from the team.
The Boston fans definitely loved Doc and Doc has a lot of respect for the city of Boston but when the game started it was all business. The Clippers won 96-88 behind 22 points and 9 assists from Chris Paul and 21 points and 3 assists from Jamal Crawford. Check out the highlights down below.
Doc will have another reunion tonight in Brooklyn as he faces the Nets who are now home to former Celtics Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. The NBA definitely set these reunions up very well.
Last night was the Battle of New York as the New York Knicks faced the new look Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn. New York was divided between the two teams but last night it was the New York Knicks who ruled the city for the night. The Knicks won 113-83.
During the Battle of New York, another battle took place between Brooklyn Nets forward, Kevin Garnett and New York Knicks forward, Andrea Bargnani. The battle started early on as Bargnani blew by an elderly KG for a big slam!
The battle didn’t heat up until the 4th quarter when the Knicks started to pull away. Both guys got tangled up and both coaches as well as players came to their teammates needs. Both players were given technical fouls and play continued.
Even though Bargnani and the Knicks won the game, KG definitely won the inner battle when Bargs hit a long 2 on Garnett and trashed talked his way down the court. The trash talking didn’t last long as everyone’s favorite official Joey Crawford called a technical which was Andrea’s second leading to an instant ejection from the game! With 3 more battles left it should be an interesting end to the war nonetheless!