BOSTON — Sunday afternoon was all about the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers’ first game of the NBA Playoffs — except for a couple brief moments.
Celtics fans couldn’t ignore the fact that legend Larry Bird was in the building when his face popped up on TD Garden’s video board early in the third quarter. Bird, who currently serves as president of basketball operations for the Pacers, smiled sheepishly at the camera before standing and waving to the adoring crowd.
TD Garden quickly erupted with cheers.
But Bird wasn’t the only familiar face at Sunday’s game. Robert Kraft was in attendance, too.
Kraft’s face also ended up on the video board, and the New England Patriots owner used the opportunity to try and rile up the crowd.
It may not have been about them today, but fans at TD Garden certainly were thrilled to see the two local legends.
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