|Posted by shawn cassidy on January 26, 2014 at 10:35 AM|
I went to bed last night thinking about this game, and even made arrangements so I could take off early from work (3:30 start time on the west coast). I don;t know what I feel yet, because mentally I have moved on from Pierce and KG, but I also know when the game begins, I will feel something totally different. There are times when I do miss both players, and I've waited for this game since the schedule came out. But with each passing day, my feelings towards the trade have changed, and my emotions are not as strong as they were back in June and July.
I know when I finally hear the garden, and when I get to see KG and Paul get emotional. I will feel it, and it will strike a chord with me. Maybe I hyped this game up in my head too much, but I'm thankful that Rondo was able to return for this game, it also marks a year ago, when Rondo was announced done for the season, when the Heat and Celtics squared off in Boston on Sunday.
Kevin Garnett, already dripping with sweat and intensity while preparing for that night's game, would never look up at the video board (the only time he allowed himself that was when Gino was dancing away the final minutes of another lopsided victory), but Garnett heard every word spoken.
"It's funny, they have a little pregame thing they used to always [play]," Garnett explained. "I used to always hear Larry Bird. I would never look up, but I would hear it. Larry would say, 'You can't fool the people of Boston. They know when you're working hard, they know pure basketball.' And that's right. When you go all out, they understand that and they root for that, and that's what they remember."
It was a rough start for KG and the Nets this season.You know KG will find an extra gear of intensity, if that's even possible, but with KG "anything is possible".
I also hope that they play Gino for KG, that would be a treat for him. I know this is a game that the Celtics want to win, but just play it, and see how he reacts, maybe at best it will break the mans concentration.
"I think the reason the city loved them both is because they did it right and they did everything they could every night to win a basketball game," Rivers said. "Cities feel that. … And [Boston] saw that in Kevin and Paul. And they were champions. So when you do that for a city, it is going to be received well, so they will have a great night."
Even with the Nets starting to play their most consistent basketball of the season -- winning nine of their last 10 overall -- both Garnett and Pierce seemed to be bracing themselves for Sunday's reunion, even as these rebuilding Celtics have dropped 13 of their last 15.
"I just know that the emotions will probably be high, just because of the success that we had while we were in Boston," Garnett said. "We had some really good years there, some really promising years. I think it's going to be forever, we're embedded in it. ... I think anybody who's part of that run and part of that era will always be remembered. Bostonians, New Englanders, they understand that and they never forget their favorites. We was fortunate to be part of that whole transformation. Some things are forever, man. I'm happy to say that I'm part of that era."
"Lot of emotions," Pierce said. "You played your whole life there, won a championship there. First time coming to the Bean, I never thought it would happen, but it is and it'll be here Sunday."
Despite the talent level of Rondo, and despite Ray's uncanny ability to save the Celtics down the clutch. This was always KG and Paul's team. The era will be mostly remembered for 2008 and 2010, and KG and Pierce. Of course Rondo and Ray are important to us, but for so many fans they lean heavily on the duo.
It will be a wonderful day, but I want this win..