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Celts prepare for tip-off with party at TD Garden

Celtics players (from left) Jared Sullinger, Avery Bradley, Courtney Lee, and Darko Milicic at the team’s annual Shamrock Gala at the TD Garden on Friday night.

Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

Celtics players (from left) Jared Sullinger, Avery Bradley, Courtney Lee, and Darko Milicic at the team’s annual Shamrock Gala at the TD Garden on Friday night.

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You know it’s almost basketball season when the entire Celtics team — including the front-office folks — puts on a suit and gets together for a fancy dinner. Typically, the C’s annual Shamrock Gala (benefiting the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation) is held at a downtown hotel. But Friday, displaying a bit fancy footwork, Celts officials held the gala at the TD Garden, transforming the arena into a groovy event space. Perennial all-stars Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Rajon Rondo were in the house along with new C’s Jason Terry, Courtney Lee, and Jared Sullinger, among others.

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