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Classic Celtics: Paul Pierce, Brian Scalabrine re-live 2008 NBA Finals Game 6

Classic Celtics: Paul Pierce, Brian Scalabrine re-live 2008 NBA Finals Game 6

Want a pick-me-up heading into the weekend?

How about watching the Boston Celtics' 2008 NBA Finals-clinching win over the Los Angeles Lakers -- with Paul Pierce and Brian Scalabrine providing commentary?

NBC Sports Boston's "Classic Celtics" series continues Friday night with a special treat: a re-broadcast of Game 6 of the 2008 Finals at TD Garden, where the Celtics walloped the Lakers 131-92 on June 17, 2008, to earn their 17th NBA championship.

The game airs at 7 p.m. ET and will feature Pierce and Scalabrine providing occasional commentary as they watch along with you.

That should make for a quality entertainment, considering Pierce dropped 17 points and a team-high 10 assists in this game to capture his first and only NBA title -- and considering Scalabrine gave an absolutely legendary press conference afterward.

A few other reasons to watch (not that you need them):

- Ray Allen hitting seven 3-pointers to tie an NBA Finals record.

- The Big Three combining to score 69 points (Allen and Kevin Garnett both had 26) in one of their best combined games of the 2008 playoffs.

- The Celtics defeating their bitter rivals to celebrate their first NBA title in 22 years in front of a raucous home crowd.

The action all starts at 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Boston. You can also watch the game in the MyTeams app and online at NBCSportsBoston.com.

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Jayson Tatum: Feeling of making first All-Star Game 'surreal'

Jayson Tatum: Feeling of making first All-Star Game 'surreal'

For the first time in his three-year NBA career, Jayson Tatum is an All-Star.

The Boston Celtics' No. 3 overall pick from 2017 was voted in among the Eastern Conference reserves for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. Tatum, who is averaging 22.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game, certainly deserved the nod, but for him, the reality still hasn't fully set in for him.

Tatum first said that he was "shocked" when he made the team in an interview with NBC Sports Boston's Brian Scalabrine. But after Scal pushed back and said that Tatum had been working for this, Tatum amended his point.

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"Yeah, but it's still surreal that I actually made it [to the All-Star Game]," Tatum said. "I'm just excited for next weekend. Honestly, I can't wait."

And there's good reason for the 21-year-old to be excited. He's going to get a chance to team up with some of the NBA's best players including James Harden, Luka Doncic, and, of course, LeBron James.

In particular, Tatum was excited about the opportunity to play with James, who he had high praise for.

"Oh, he's one of the greatest players ever. So my first All-Star Game being on the same team as LeBron, you know, I can always say when I get older, my first All-Star Game I was with LeBron," Tatum said. "Not many people can say that."

Tatum does have a point there and it surely will be an exciting experience for him. And hopefully, this is just one of many All-Star nods that he'll get as he continues to grow into a young star in the NBA.

For more on Tatum's thoughts on being an All-Star, check out the video above or click here to watch it in full.

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Clippers-Celtics, which begins Thursday at 7 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live. You can also stream on the MyTeams App.

Brian Scalabrine 'disappointed' Celtics didn't trade for Clint Capela at deadline

Brian Scalabrine 'disappointed' Celtics didn't trade for Clint Capela at deadline

The 2020 NBA trade deadline was an eventful one, but not for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics.

The C's decided to stand pat despite being connected in trade rumors to players like Clint Capela, Andre Drummond, and Davis Bertans. That means unless they peruse the buyout market (Tristan Thompson, perhaps?), they'll march toward the playoffs with their current group.

Boston's decision to stay quiet at the deadline didn't sit well with Brian Scalabrine, who believes the Celtics will need a legitimate center in order to compete with their top Eastern Conference foes in the postseason.

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During Thursday's 2020 NBA Trade Deadline Show on the NBC Sports MyTeams App, Scal explained why he particularly came away disappointed when the Atlanta Hawks pulled off a trade for Capela instead of the C's (video above).

When Clint Capela went to Atlanta, I was disappointed. I heard the asking price was high. I heard it was going to be one of the core five players that the Celtics have. I'm not sure I would have done that, but man, Clint Capela would have been a great addition. And I only say that because Brad Stevens needs 15 to 18 minutes a game of a rim-running threat.

I do believe that for them to compete with the teams that you mentioned -- Toronto, Philly, Milwaukee -- I need a big that can go over the top. I need a big that can rebound at his position. I need a big that can defend the rim. Right now we're OK at that position, but OK doesn't get it done when Giannis is coming downhill at your head.

The Celtics have been solid in the rebounding department this season despite their lack of size. They entered Thursday ranked No. 13 in the league in rebounds per game (45.4). Enes Kanter and Daniel Theis have done a tremendous job in their respective roles at the center position.

That said, Scalabrine does make a solid point. It'll be an uphill battle when the Celtics have to go up against bigger teams like the Milwaukee Bucks or Philadelphia 76ers in a seven-game series. Capela, who's averaging 13.8 points and 13.9 rebounds this season, would have helped alleviate those concerns.

As nice as it may have been to add a big man or a bench scorer at the deadline, nothing will be more important for Boston going forward than staying healthy. The Celtics have been plagued by injuries throughout the campaign, and last week Ainge cited health as their No. 1 trade deadline need.

The C's (35-15) currently hold a third-place spot in the Eastern Conference behind the Bucks and Toronto Raptors.

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Hawks-Celtics, which begins Friday at 6:30 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live followed by tip-off at 7:30 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.