The NBA Finals arrived in Boston for Game 3 of the series on Wednesday and the Celtics were able to defend their home turf. With a final score of 116-100, Boston beat the Golden State Warriors to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
After the game, the team received some encouraging words from a man used to seeing championship-level performances, albeit in a different sport. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was invited into the locker room by Celtics head coach Ime Udoka and gave a short speech to the players.
“I’ve been watching the Celtics since I was a kid, and it’s been a few years,” Kraft said. “Back with Bill Russell and Bob Cousy and [Bill] Sharman and [Jim] Loscutoff and I loved the teams to the end [Larry] Bird. But when you see this, you have something special.”
Kraft was one of several people linked to the Patriots attending Wednesday’s game, though he appeared to play the most active role among them.
New England head coach Bill Belichick attended TD Garden, as did several players. Running backs Damien Harris and James White, defensive tacklesDamen Godchaux and Byron Cowart, and linebacker Dont’a Hightower—who was heralded as a Patriots player by the Celtics although he was still not signed as a full free agent—were also in attendance .
The Patriots are currently holding their mandatory mini-camp at Gillette Stadium, 20 miles southwest of downtown Boston. They will return to the practice fields for the third and final time this week on Thursday morning.
The Celtics have a day off before their Game 4 battle with the Warriors on Friday. It wouldn’t be a surprise if there were multiple Patriots present at this contest as well.