Pierce, KG brace for Boston return

Celtics first-year coach Brad Stevens said he'll hurry his team in and out of the huddle before the in-game video tributes run, just so his team can join with the fans to celebrate what Garnett and Pierce meant to this organization.

But the moment will belong more to those players and the fans than it will to a new-look Boston roster. Brandon Bass, who spent two seasons with Pierce and Garnett noted on Saturday that, every time he sees a video tribute, he imagines one for himself down the road.

The easiest route to a Jumbotron celebration is to help secure a title trophy, because Boston fans understand the hard work needed to get back to that point. It's why they'll shower Garnett and Pierce with cheers during Sunday's game.

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