The building will be packed with friends and family — everyone that Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he still talks to from back home in Indiana.
So many, in fact, that to help accommodate them, his mother, Jan, purchased a block of tickets for Sunday’s game between the Celtics and Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
It will mark her son’s first game there since he left Butler University in July to become the Celtics’ coach, and, even-keeled though he may be, it will still be an emotional homecoming.
“Yeah, that will be hard,” Stevens said.
And Stevens, who grew up as a diehard Pacers fan, will be returning with a team that has so far defied expectations, sitting atop the Atlantic Division. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.