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Brad Stevens grew up rooting for the Pacers.
When he was in kindergarten, he would write the scores of their games on a chalkboard in his family’s basement in Zionsville, Ind.
He wore jersey No. 31 at Zionsville High School in honor of Pacers star Reggie Miller, Stevens’s favorite player growing up. When Stevens was in junior high, he actually faced Miller in a 3-point shooting contest during a charity event. (Stevens didn’t win, by the way.)
So, it was a bit odd for Stevens, now the Celtics coach, to face the 10-1 Pacers Friday night at TD Garden.
“I grew up a Pacers fan and really that was the team I rooted for the first 36 years of my life,” he said before the game.