Top Home Games of 2013-14: No. 17 vs. BOS
Sunday, March 16, 5 p.m.
Other 2013-14 games between these two teams
Friday, Jan. 3, New Orleans at Boston
Why it’s on the list
For a few games each March, the Celtics break out their special St. Patrick’s Day uniforms, a combination of gold, white and their familiar green. The Celtics’ mid-month visit to New Orleans will take place one day prior to the annual celebration of all things Irish.
New Orleans’ twice-per-season matchup vs. Boston no longer features the unique father-son showdown between Doc Rivers and Austin Rivers, due to Doc’s departure to the Los Angeles Clippers. One remaining connection between the two clubs is Celtics power forward Brandon Bass, who played the first two seasons of his career for New Orleans. Bass is also a LSU product.
On the Pelicans’ side, free-agent pickup Greg Stiemsma began his NBA career two seasons ago as a member of the Celtics. Coincidentally, in his official NBA debut, he blocked six shots by the then-Hornets during a game played in New Orleans. The six rejections still stand as Stiemsma’s career high. The Wisconsin product nearly reached the NBA Finals as a rookie that season, but Boston lost in Game 7 to Miami in the 2012 Eastern Conference finals.
What’s new in Boston
The Celtics will field their youngest and least experienced team in recent memory. During the offseason they traded franchise stalwarts Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn, along with bench cog Jason Terry. Stepping into rotation roles likely will be rookie first-round pick Kelly Olynyk, as well as former Nets forward Gerald Wallace.
The attention-grabbing addition of the summer for the Celtics wasn’t a player, though. Former Butler University Coach Brad Stevens, who improbably led the tiny Indianapolis school to two straight Final Four appearances, is Boston’s new coach. The 36-year-old is the youngest sideline leader in the NBA.