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Morning sports update: Paul Pierce described what bothered him most about Ray Allen’s 2012 Celtics exit

Also: Jason McCourty's Super Bowl tickets anecdote, Chad Johnson's Friday wakeup, and more.

Paul Pierce and Ray Allen in 2008.
Paul Pierce and Ray Allen in 2008. Barry Chin/Globe Staff

The Celtics are preparing to face the Warriors at TD Garden on Saturday night (8:30 p.m.), while the Patriots continue preparations for Super Bowl LIII.

The Bruins resume action next Tuesday, hosting the Jets (7 p.m.)

Paul Pierce described what he disliked about Ray Allen’s Celtics exit: Speaking in a WEEI interview on Thursday, Paul Pierce offered some more insight into his mindset when then-teammate Ray Allen left the Celtics in free agency to join the Miami Heat.

“I called his phone, I texted him, he wouldn’t answer. The next thing I know we learned there was a problem with his contract,” said Pierce. “I was like ‘Dude, just talk to me, maybe I can resolve this.’ And he just never returned calls. Next thing you know, he ends up in Miami. For me, it was about my call. Have the respect from a guy who you’ve been to some war with, who we talked every day. Let’s see if we can work this out again and that was the whole deal with me, personally.”


Ultimately, Pierce says the feud between the two members of the 2008 Celtics championship team is “over,” and that the two have “matured and moved on.”

Pierce also believes that fellow teammates Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo – who have conspicuously not forgiven Allen – will follow suit.

“Now Kevin and Rondo they have their own little personal issues they had with Ray and that’s something they have to iron out one day and I’m sure it is,” said Pierce, “but I believe it will blow over and that’s my issue with it.”

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