BOSTON — The Boston Celtics need a Game 6 win to keep their title hopes alive and want a little boost from some former champions.
Two of the Celtics’ Big 3 from the franchise’s 2008 championship team are at TD Garden for Thursday night’s Game 6 against the Warriors: Paul Pierce and Ray Allen.
Pierce has been no stranger to TD Garden since retiring from the NBA and has been spotted a few times during Boston’s current postseason run. But he brings Allen with him tonight as the Celtics try to avoid elimination and force a Game 7.
There was a time when Allen was not welcome in Boston after leaving the Celtics to sign with the Heat in 2012. Kevin Garnett didn’t even speak to Allen for years after defecting to Miami.
But the hatchet was recently buried with Allen when he attended Garnett’s jersey retirement ceremony at TD Garden in March. Having the former Celtics champion in the house on Thursday night should put the building in good spirits ahead of a game the Celtics desperately need to win.
Also at the TD Garden for Thursday night’s game are fellow 2008 champions Eddie House and Glen Davis. Patriots owner Robert Kraft, along with New England safety Devin McCourty and running back Damien Harris, and several members of the Boston Bruins — including Patrice Bergeron and Charlie McAvoy — are also in attendance.
Rory McIlroy is also there, fresh from completing the first round of the US Open at The Country Club in Brookline. Gucci Mane, G-Eazy and Dave Matthews round out the list of celebrities in attendance.