Sunday at TD Garden was supposed to be a day to remember for Boston Celtics fans and franchise legend Paul Pierce, whose #34 jersey went up in the rafters before the Celtics matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Unfortunately, the day will be remembered much less for Pierce's jersey retirement and more for the new-look Cavs turning the corner and manhandling Boston, 121-99. Despite the blowout, it was still an incredible moment for Pierce, whose jersey will now hang alongside the likes of Larry Bird, Bill Russell and Bob Cousy.
Paul Pierce used to walk onto the court at TD Garden and imagine seeing his number hanging from the rafters. The Celtics retired Pierce's No. 34 on Sunday following the Celtics' 121-99 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The honor capped a 19-year career for Pierce, who was named NBA Finals MVP in 2008 when the Celtics captured their 17th championship.
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LeBron James led the new-look Cavaliers to a blowout in Boston with an individual performance reminiscent of the rivalry's heyday. With the former Celtics great waiting to see his No. 34 raised to the Boston Garden rafters, James shook off a first-quarter leg injury to score 24 points with 10 assists and eight rebounds to give Cleveland a 121-99 victory on Sunday. In their first appearances since being acquired at the trade deadline, Jordan Clarkson scored 17 points, Rodney Hood had 15, George Hill had 12 and Larry Nance Jr. scored five.
In hindsight, it was a good decision that the Celtics took the unusual step of retiring Paul Pierce’s jersey in a post-game ceremony rather than at halftime of Sunday’s showcase game against the Cavaliers. LeBron James and his refashioned supporting cast smoked the Celtics 121-99 at TD Garden, with all four new Cavaliers turning in impressive debuts. Cleveland torched Boston’s No. 1 ranked defense for 64 first-half points before blowing open the contest with an 11-0 run late in the third quarter.
The Celtics retired Paul Pierce's No. 34 Sunday after Boston's game against the Cavaliers. The No. 10 pick from the 1998 draft spent the first 15 years of his career in Boston and won the 2008 Finals MVP, after leading the Celtics to their league-record
The Boston Celtics will retire Paul Pierce's No. 34 in postgame ceremonies Sunday night at TD Garden. If you missed it, while the Celtics remained quiet at the trade deadline — adding free agent Greg Monroe — the Cavs did an on-the-fly overhaul.
Paul Pierce’s No. 34 will be raised to the TD Garden rafters on Feb. 11. Boston’s history is littered with some of the most beloved heroes in sports and you’d certainly be challenged to name someone who committed himself more to bringing home a title than the Celtics’ Paul Pierce. With the Cavs in a deep rut, it’s also the perfect time to let the game take a backseat to Pierce’s legacy.
Isaiah Thomas felt he "got his powers back" after a strong performance as the Los Angeles Lakers suffered defeat in his debut against the Dallas Mavericks. Thomas was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in August in the deal that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics, but played only 15 games after spending much of his time with Cleveland recovering from a hip issue.
The Boston Celtics will hoist Paul Pierce’s No. 34 into the rafters during Sunday afternoon’s primetime television matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers. For 15 seasons, Pierce was the consummate Celtic from the dawn of a new millennium onward. Of the legends who sprinkled superlatives on Pierce, Basketball Hall of Fame center Robert Parish went the furthest.