A few notes from introductions:
- Both teams were announced in full with each team’s reserves introduced before the starters.
- There are two very oversized Larry O’Brien championship trophies next to each bench offering a nice backdrop for introductions.
- The Lakers were roundly booed, but none more than Kobe Bryant.
- The lights dipped before the Celtics introductions and the message, “The NBA Finals… back in Boston… are you ready?” appeared.
- The ground fireworks are back and exploded during Kevin Garnett’s scream.
- Every Celtics reserve got a loud ovation (even Sam Cassell), while a message 2008 Eastern Conference champions displayed at the top of the scoreboard.
- The “Let’s go Celtics!” chant that usually starts up after introductions was replaced at first by a “Beat LA!” one, but soon shifted to the more familiar refrain. Once again the music dropped to allow the fans to chant.