While it didn’t come in a win, Celtics appreciative for fan presence at TD Garden

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
Justin Quinn
·2 min read
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

While their first game in front of hometown fans in more than a year might not have gone as they hoped it might have, the Boston Celtics still appreciated having those fans in the arena and the boost that it gave them.

In Monday night’s 115 – 109 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, the crowd noise was clearly not of the artificial variety for a change.The attendees were letting the referees know how they felt about some of the calls as is the tendency in TD Garden some nights while cheering some plays and jeering others in a scene that could have been a normal Celtics game if only you closed your eyes.

Plenty of seats were left open to ensure safe distances between the spectators, but they managed to make themselves feel larger than their otherwise-small numbers.

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

All-NBA forward Jayson Tatum scored 34 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists on the night, and credited the fans for a positive to take away from the losing effort.

"On the bright side of things besides the game, I could feel the energy in the building, from beginning to end. It is a totally different experience to not having it, even though it's limited. That was something good to take away from tonight."

"The fans were incredible; it felt like it was a full house tonight with their energy," added Tatum. "I definitely missed them." https://twitter.com/TheCelticsWire/status/1376939945080799232?s=20

Teammate Kemba Walker felt much the same. "It was amazing," said Walker. "They were great."

"That's been the best thus far that I've heard, to be honest. A lot of our road trip teams have had fans and I thought our fans, they were loud. They were into the game and it was fun. They made it fun -- it was really exciting to have those guys."

Hopefully Boston can get healthy and engaged now that they are in the midst of a long homestand, perhaps handing the next batch of fans a win against the Dallas Mavericks this Wednesday. This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire. Follow us on Facebook! https://embed.sendtonews.com/oembed/?SC=wFbISQ7hq1-1223320-8380&autoplay=on&V=2&format=json [lawrence-related id=48471,48460,48457,48455] [listicle id=48437]

1

1