It must have felt like the NBA version of a high school reunion for Paul Pierce Sunday night at TD Garden — old stomping grounds, old friends, old times, old memories. The yearbook says Pierce is forever a Celtic.
He’s not the most popular, the most charismatic, or the most likely to be bronzed Celtic of all time. But he is one of the team’s all-time greats. His name is splashed across the team’s record books. He etched a place in Celtics history because, as Doc Rivers would say, there is a championship banner in the rafters with Pierce’s name on it.