The Boston Celtics celebrated Christmas Day by beating the Brooklyn Nets 93-76, in a game that featured 20 Nets turnovers and scrappy play in their matchup. While the Celtics got the win on Christmas at Barclays Center, they also see the fun of playing on a holiday.
“New York has always been a special place to play in high school, college and the NBA,” said Celtics guard Jason Terry. “Having Christmas here in Brooklyn is great,” added Terry.
Rajon Rondo grew up watching basketball in the 90s on Christmas. Since he’s been in the league, he’s gotten into the routine of playing on the 25th of December.
“Back in the day it was only two games, nowadays you probably see your favorite team playing,” said Rondo. “This is my fifth year playing on Christmas day, so I’m used to it,” said the Celtics point guard.
Speaking of growing up, many Celtics spoke fondly of their most memorable Christmas.
Celtics guard Courtney Lee recalls vividly his most memorable Christmas gift growing up: “My fondest Christmas memory was getting a Fisher Price basketball court at 6 or 7 years old,” said Lee.
Paul Pierce remembers his favorite Christmas gift as well, “My best gift was probably my first bike when I was 6 years old,” said Pierce.
Jeff Green’s favorite Christmas is a bit more recent though: “My fondest Christmas memory is this win we got today against the Nets,” said Green.
Brian Scalabrine, a former Net and Celtic and now a color commentator for Comcast Sports New England, remembers his fondest memory being with family.
“My daughter’s first Christmas is my fondest memory,” said Scalabrine. “The joy of seeing somebody else’s joy is a feeling that I won’t forget,” he said.
Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers wishes that they can play a home game on Christmas Day just once.
Rivers noted that, even when they were World Champions, they had to travel to Los Angeles to play the Lakers in 2008.
WATCH this video of Rivers and find out what rule he wants the league to implement: