The Celtics have commonly made video tributes for returning greats who meant a lot to the team and the city of Boston. Paul Pierce(video) and Kevin Garnett(video) each received a video in their first game back with the Brooklyn Nets, and Rajon Rondo(video) got one as well.
Isaiah Thomas, who led the Celtics out of their rebuild for two-and-a-half seasons before being apart of the Kyrie Irving trade, is due for one of his own. Thomas is reported to make his Cavaliers debut tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers, but won’t play Wednesday in Boston. He has also asked the Celtics not to do their tribute during a game that he is not participating in, so the Celtics are planning to save that for a later date.
The Celtics will not run a video tribute for Isaiah Thomas on Wednesday night — at Thomas’ request.— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) January 2, 2018
Team plans to save it for future date.
The only other game the Celtics host the Cavaliers this season is February 11th, which is the same night the team plans on retiring Paul Pierce’s #34. That should make for a night full of feels for players and fans.
Thomas isn’t the only one making a return Wednesday night though. Jae Crowder, who was a member of the Celtics following the Rajon Rondo trade will be playing and hopes to see some love from the fans he played so hard for for over two years.
Jae Crowder on his possible TD Garden reception: "(#Celtics) fans have cheered for opposing team's players before (i.e. Gordon Hayward), I feel like they should do the same for me because I gave them a lot. I hope they give me a little cheer."— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) January 2, 2018
Crowder is having a rough season with the Cavaliers. His minutes are down from his time in Boston, and his shooting percentages have plummeted as well. It should be an interesting night in terms of all the non-basketball activities relating to Thomas and Crowder, which makes it easy to forget that there’s still a game to be played.
The Celtics and Cavs tip off at 8 p.m. EST as Boston can get an idea of where they are against their primary competition in the eastern conference.