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Paul Pierce lifts 2008 Larry O’Brien trophy as Celtics retire No. 34

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BOSTON — Less than a decade after tears filled his eyes as he raised the Boston Celtics' 2008 title banner, Paul Pierce was all smiles as his No. 34 went to the rafters at TD Garden during a jersey retirement celebration Sunday following the Celtics' 121-99 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Surrounded by his family, Pierce watched his No. 34 jersey takes its place alongside other Celtics legends and Boston's 17 championship banners. He then grabbed the Larry O'Brien trophy from the 2008 NBA Finals and raised it in celebration at center court as Celtics fans roared and serenaded him with a "Thank You Paul Pierce" chant. "When you are forever with the Celtics, you're forever," Pierce said following

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Ray Allen offers a belated congratulations to Paul Pierce

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While Rajon Rondo, Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett got chummy in the stands supporting Paul Pierce on Sunday as Boston retired his jersey, Ray Allen was conspicuously absent for his ex-teammate’s ceremony. Allen, who appears to have gone golfing with George Lopez instead, posted a belated congratulatory note to Pierce on Tuesday evening. “Paul Pierce is the first guy that welcomed Kevin (Garnett) and me with open arms into his atmosphere from day one and we never looked back.

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Underrated Fantasy Basketball All-Stars from each position

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Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen has provided much more fantasy value as a rookie than expected. At the beginning of the season, it was expected that players taken high in drafts, like James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Giannis Antetokounmpo, would be the anchors of your fantasy squad. Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn Nets: The Nets entered the season with D’Angelo Russell and Jeremy Lin slated to handle the majority of the ball-handling duties.

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Anthony Davis to the Lakers Makes More Sense Than You Think

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The Anthony Davis-to-Boston rumors have circled around the NBA ether for years, but Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver discuss the possibility of the Pelicans star landing with the Lakers. The constant effort to challenge the Warriors has spawned super teams all over the NBA, and the latest episode of the Open Floor podcast offers up yet another. Andrew Sharp: Marcos says, ‘I know it’s way too early, but every time anyone talks about a possible trade for Anthony Davis, they only mention the Celtics because nobody can compete with a package of Tatum, Jaylen Brown and the unprotected Sacramento pick.

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Kyrie Irving and LeBron James move rivalry from basketball court to the multiplex

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The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, right, hugs the Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving following their game in Boston on Feb. 11. The NBA was rocked last summer when Kyrie Irving demanded, and received, a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the rival Boston Celtics. While Kyrie claimed he was simply ready to try to lead his own team to glory, the truth seemed more complicated — and thornier — than just that.

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Raptors look to protect home court against Heat

The Toronto Raptors have lost only four times this season at home, one of them to the Miami Heat, who will visit the Air Canada Centre Tuesday night. The Heat defeated the Raptors 90-89 on Jan. 9 in the first meeting of the season between the teams with Wayne Ellington scoring on a layup for Miami in the final second of the game. It was the third home loss of the season for the Raptors and ended a 12-game winning streak at the ACC, equaling a franchise best.

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Boston police tweet about Red Auerbach called ‘tone-deaf’

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Boston's police commissioner apologized Monday after the department faced heavy criticism for a now-deleted Black History Month tweet that celebrated a white man. The original post on the department's official Twitter account Sunday was in honor of the late former Boston Celtics coach Arnold ''Red'' Auerbach. The department tweeted that it was paying tribute to Auerbach for being the first NBA coach to draft a black player, start five African-American players and hire the NBA's first African-American head coach.

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Boston police issue apology for Black History Month tweet honoring Red Auerbach

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The Boston Police Department issued an apology hours after posting an insensitive tweet that paid tribute to legendary Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach in honor of Black History Month. The department came under social media fire on Sunday after praising Auerbach “for being the first NBA coach to draft a black player in 1950, field an all African-American starting five in 1964 and hire the league’s first African American head coach in 1966,” rather than choosing to credit Chuck Cooper, Willie Naulls, Satch Sanders, K.C. Jones, Sam Jones and Bill Russell for accomplishing those feats.

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Boston Police Department honors Red Auerbach for Black History Month

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Bill Russell is a Civil Rights pioneer and Celtics legend. As architect of multiple Celtics dynasties, Red Auerbach is also worthy of praise. In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth we pay tribute to Bill Russell, one of the greatest @celtics of all time and the first African-American head coach coach in the history of the NBA when he was named @Celtics coach on November 15, 1966.

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