However, the fact that Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce were making their returns to Boston made it watchable, to say the least.
“I’m just fortunate to be part of that whole transformation,” Garnett said, via ESPN. “Everything we put into those six years, everything we invested in them, I think the people from Boston, New England and Massachusetts, I think they understood that. They saw the hard work that we put into it, the effort more than anything.
“… Larry Bird said 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, they root for that, and that’s what they remember.”
Pierce said there would be a lot of emotions.
“There’s gonna be a lot of emotions,” Pierce said. “You play your whole life there. You won a championship there. The first time coming there as a visitor, I never thought it would happen, but it is and it’ll be here Sunday.”
Here are the player intros:
And the player tributes: