The Celtics expected to capitalize on crowd support in their home-opener against the Milwaukee Bucks Friday. The last time the Celtics played at home, they were given a rousing send-off, despite sustaining a decisive defeat against the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference playoffs in June.
“I will always remember the last minute of the debacle against Miami because of our fans,” Celtic coach Doc Rivers said before Friday’s game. “They were phenomenal and that’s something you don’t forget.”
Said Bucks coach Scott Skiles: “This is a tough environment. They’re coming off a game where I’m sure they didn’t play as well as they’d like and, generally, a team as good as they are is going to respond. And, it’s their home opener. We’re probably going to face a pretty good onslaught to start the game. We’ve just got to be ready for it, calm our nerves, and kind of play through whatever happens early on, and settle into the game.”