Doc Rivers attending Cavs-Celtics game 'grab a beer' and 'boo LeBron'

Ebony Scott
February 15, 2018

This game was very important for #LeBron James and the Cavaliers due to their recent trade acquisitions that resulted in essentially a brand new team for Cleveland.

And this time, Paul Pierce was sitting courtside in street clothes, unable to do anything about it.

The Cleveland Cavaliers dominated the Celtics 121-99 on Sunday afternoon at TD Garden despite incorporating four new players into the lineup following a major roster overhaul done during last Thursday's National Basketball Association trade deadline.

On Friday night, with Rodney Hood, George Hill, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. having arrived but staying in the locker room, LeBron James had 22 points, 19 assists and 12 rebounds, and Kyle Korver and Jeff Green combined for 54 points off the bench in a short-handed win at Atlanta.

With Boston trailing by over 20 points to Cleveland in the fourth quarter, the home crowd started multiple "We want Paul Pierce" chants - an homage to the former Celtics forward who had taken down LeBron James and company in the 2008 and 2010 postseasons.

Lue said Saturday's first practice since the trade was "going to be a walk-through, just trying to teach the new guys the plays and what we're trying to do defensively". Clarkson chipped in with 17 points, three rebounds, and two steals of his own, with Nance recording five points, four rebounds, three assists, a steal, giving the Cavs a lot of energy and hustle.

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The 64 points the Celtics allowed in the first half were the most they've given up before halftime all season long.

"It definitely gave me chills, especially with LeBron out there", Pierce said afterwards. "I wanted to be out there". The Celtics need to look to Pierce and see what he was able to accomplish against James, and use that to push them through the rest of the regular season, and once again send James to another team in hopes of recapturing the glory he once had. "So that's a good sign".

A reunion of sorts of the 2007-08 Celtics was held previous year, when Pierce, Garnett, Rondo and center Kendrick Perkins appeared together on a "Room 21" segment on "The NBA on TNT".

Timeouts featured tribute videos from Rivers, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant and Pierce's college coach, Roy Williams.

Pierce's No. 34 is the 22nd number retired by the Boston Celtics organization.

If you missed it, while the Celtics remained quiet at the trade deadline - adding free agent Greg Monroe - the Cavs did an on-the-fly overhaul.

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