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Kyrie wants his own Patriots jersey after Edelman dons custom Celtics No. 11

Kyrie wants his own Patriots jersey after Edelman dons custom Celtics No. 11

BOSTON — Celtics All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving said he okayed the team’s decision to give Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman a personalized No. 11 jersey, which the wide receiver wore to his press conference after Thursday’s victory. 

Now Irving is hoping the Patriots will send him a No. 11 jersey with “Irving” on the back.

"It passed by me before it got to [Edelman],” Irving said Friday at Celtics practice. "I'm appreciative of him. He's a great person. Hopefully, I'll ask the Patriots if they can give me a No. 11 jersey with my name on the back, just like Edelman. That'd be nice.”

Edelman frequently worked out at the Celtics’ practice facility while serving a four-game PED suspension at the start of the NFL season.  He wore the No. 11 jersey to the podium after his first game back Thursday night - a 38-24 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

Irving was asked if there’s a brotherhood between Boston sports teams but admitted there are still some boundaries, especially for a New Jersey-raised athlete.

"I can't really comment on other places. Being here for the last year, I can see with all the sports town, we all support each other and want to see each other doing well,” said Irving. "I’m a supporter of the Red Sox but I can't call myself a Red Sox fan being from Jersey. I love the Red Sox and will support there from afar, but East Coast rivalry — woo.”

The Red Sox and Yankees open the American League Division Series on Friday night at Fenway Park.

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Celtics At Home: Daniel Theis recalls experience playing games without fans

Celtics At Home: Daniel Theis recalls experience playing games without fans

The Boston Celtics hosting a playoff game in an empty arena would be a bizarre experience.

Take it from the guy who's played in front of empty arenas.

Celtics big man Daniel Theis played several years of professional basketball in his native Germany before joining the C's in 2017. On the latest episode of NBC Sports Boston's "Celtics At Home," Theis explained that preseason games often didn't have fans, which created an atmosphere he didn't exactly enjoy.

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"It's definitely weird just thinking about it," Theis told host Brian Scalabrine. "Thinking back for me, playing in Germany in preseason games when you have scrimmages and no fans in there. You hear every voice, every word, every step. It's annoying."

Games without fans could be the NBA's new reality as it aims to safely resume play amid the coronavirus pandemic. Germany's top soccer league, the Bundesliga -- which Theis has been following intently -- is already playing games in empty arenas.

But while Theis wants to get back on the court, he doesn't sound thrilled about playing games without fans again -- especially if that means losing the home-crowd advantage that Boston provides.

"When I watched the soccer games this weekend, it was just -- it didn't feel right," Theis said. "Especially in Boston, when it comes to the playoffs and the fans at TD Garden are so important and so loud ... Then I can imagine now just playing a playoff game with nobody in there, it feels probably like a practice game or scrimmage."

Theis also discussed some of the Celtics' best Zoom guest speakers during Episode Three of "Celtics At Home," which includes guest appearances from C's legends Tommy Heinsohn and Bill Walton.

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This Date In Celtics History: Paul Pierce sends Magic packing in East Finals

This Date In Celtics History: Paul Pierce sends Magic packing in East Finals

The Boston Celtics had no intention of returning to Orlando for Game 7 of the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals.

On this date exactly 10 years ago, Paul Pierce made sure of that.

"The Truth" was an absolute force against the Magic in Game 6 of the East Finals on May 28, 2010, scoring 31 points on 9-of-15 shooting while adding 13 rebounds, five assists and two steals.

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The result: A 96-84 Celtics win at TD Garden that eliminated Orlando and punched Boston's ticket to the 2010 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Celtics only have one other victory on this date (they're 2-3 on May 28) but it also came during the Big Three era:

May 28, 2008: Kevin Garnett (33 points) and Ray Allen (29 points) carry the load as Boston edges the Detroit Pistons 106-102 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The C's finish the Pistons off in Game 6 to advance to the Finals.

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