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Notes from Pregame Ceremonies

10.28.08 at 5:01 pm ET

The Boston Celtics opened their pregame ceremonies with a video montage that chronicled the 2008 playoff run. By the time the clips reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Cavaliers had already headed back to the locker room as promised.

At the conclusion of the video, Celtics legends including John Havlicek, Bob Cousy, and Tommy Heinsohn carried the championship trophy to the court where they passed it off to Paul Pierce. The Celtics captain placed the trophy on a table surrounded by championship rings in the shape of the number 17.

Then came the ring ceremony.

The bench received theirs first, starting with Leon Powe. Tony Allen happily placed his on his pinky finger, as he vowed to do in a video. Eddie House garnered the loudest ovation of all the reserves. And as only Scot Pollard would, the free agent big man was late for his own introduction.

When it came time for the starters, the PA announcer’s voice cracked when introducing Kevin Garnett. But the most emotional recipient was, as expected, Pierce. He was noticeably teary-eyed as he received the ring he patiently waited10 years for.

Once all the players and staff had received their rings, the team raised the 17th banner to the rafters. It now sits comfortably next to the 1986 banner. Instead of U2’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” which the Cs used as battle music during the playoffs, “Beautiful Day” blared through the Garden.

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