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Thomas on military tribute: 'Bigger than what we do out there on the floor.'

Thomas on military tribute: 'Bigger than what we do out there on the floor.'

BOSTON – There was a lot to like for the Boston Celtics at Monday’s game against Detroit which the Celtics held on to win 113-109.

But the coolest moment came well before the game heated up.

It was when the family of Staff Sergeant Matthew Noll of the United States Air Force National Guard surprised his family by being in attendance at the 10th annual Seats for Soldiers presented by HB Communications.

Shortly after the Public Address announcer read that Staff Sgt. Noll was currently deployed overseas with tours that included Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait and Qatar, he soon appeared in what was an emotional reunion on the court that touched many – including Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas.

“That was big time,” Thomas said. “That’s probably the best feeling they’ve ever had. You could just see it; you could them so surprised, so happy. They’re probably at a loss for words. That’s what life is really about; it’s bigger than what we do out there on the floor. Those guys, they put their lives on the line. For their family, that was big time. I’m happy for them.”

In addition to the reunion on the floor, the Celtics also had a special video conference set up before the game with Celtics guard Avery Bradley and Leon Powe with military personnel in Kuwait.

As mentioned earlier, this was the 10th annual Seats for Soldiers program which gives Celtics fans a chance to donate their tickets to the game and allow various folks from each branch of the Armed Services a chance to attend a game in their seats. All of the donated tickets are given to the USO New England for distribution within the military branches.

Jaylen Brown drills two half-court shots in awesome Celtics practice video

Jaylen Brown drills two half-court shots in awesome Celtics practice video

Jaylen Brown recently deactivated his Instagram account to focus on basketball.

It appears that plan is working.

The Celtics held their second practice as a team Saturday since entering the NBA "bubble" at Disney's Wide World of Sports in Orlando, and according to the team's social media, Brown was the star of the show.

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Here's a terrific 40-second clip of the Celtics wing sinking not one but two half-court shots before celebrating with what we'll call a cartwheel:

Brown gleefully said, "I got my money" after hitting the first shot, but his opponent -- our guess is that's point guard Kemba Walker -- matched him, leading the 23-year-old to knock down another shot and send his teammates into a frenzy.

Who said there's no fun in the bubble?

The NBA's Twitter account posted another angle of one of Brown's makes in addition to footage of big men Tacko Fall and Enes Kanter getting their work in.

The Celtics have two weeks to shake off the rust before their restarted 2019-20 season begins with a July 31 matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Boston currently is the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference, but some believe the C's have a legitimate shot to contend for an NBA title this summer.

If that's the case, the Celtics will need Brown -- who was averaging a career-high 20.4 points and 6.4 rebounds before the season was paused -- to display more of the talent he flashed Saturday on the practice court.

Jayson Tatum shouts out Celtics' Kara Lawson for landing Duke head coach job

Jayson Tatum shouts out Celtics' Kara Lawson for landing Duke head coach job

Kara Lawson is pulling a reverse Jayson Tatum.

The Duke women's basketball team announced Saturday it has named Lawson its new head coach, meaning she'll leave her role as a Boston Celtics assistant coach after this season to join the Blue Devils.

The Celtics will be sad to see Lawson go after her lone season as the first female assistant coach in franchise history. But Tatum, who starred at Duke before coming to Boston, approves of her next gig.

From one Tatum "family" to another.

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Lawson technically leaves behind two Duke alumni, as Celtics forward Semi Ojeleye played two seasons for the Blue Devils from 2013 to 2015 before transferring to SMU.

Tatum is a proud supporter of his alma mater -- where he spent just one season in 2016-17 before the Celtics drafted him No. 3 overall -- so his excitement for Lawson is understandable.

Tatum also will be hoping Lawson can help the Blue Devils back on track after they failed to reach the NCAA Tournament last season for just the second time in 25 years.