Sometimes, the truth just hurts.
If you’re searching for a storyline on Tuesday night as the Boston Celtics travel to Brooklyn, look no further. Paul Pierce will take the court for the Nets tonight, and will play against the team he spent the first 15 years of his career with.
Many Boston sports fans will be occupied at 4 p.m. as the Red Sox take on the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the ALCS, but they may want to turn the T.V. to the Celtics game once its over.
Kevin Garnett will not play in the preseason game tonight, in an effort to save the aging veteran for the season by Brooklyn head coach Jason Kidd. Pierce sat out of Monday’s game.
For Garnett, it would be his first test of the year on the second night of a back-to-back. Kidd has proposed a plan to sit Garnett in half of the team’s 19 back-to-backs in the regular season, and the Big Ticket has objected.
“It wasn’t my decision. So that’s where I’m going to leave that," said Garnett after Monday’s game. "I am trying to be as positive as I can be. This is not up to me, and I’m being positive.”
For Pierce, however, it will be the first time he takes the court against the C’s. The image of Pierce in anything but Celtics green is tough enough for some fans, but Jeff Green remains focused on the game, and not the emotions that will come with it.
"It just got to a point where it was time to move on, for me," said Green. "They’re gone. I can’t worry about how they feel or how I feel. The trade happened, it happened. When I see them, brief words and then I’ll get ready to play."
How long Pierce will play tonight remains up in the air. What is for certain, though, is that the Celtics still have a lot of work to do in terms of finding rotations that work.