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Doc Rivers and Paul Pierce prepare for an emotional return to Boston

Doc Rivers and Paul Pierce prepare for an emotional return to Boston

Doc Rivers has been back to Boston twice already as coach of the Clippers, memorably tearing up as he spoke about the reception he received upon his initial return in December 2013.

Going back to TD Garden has become even more routine for Paul Pierce, who made four trips the last two seasons while playing for the Brooklyn Nets and Washington Wizards. Pierce called his first trip back to Boston the toughest game he had ever played because of the emotional deluge he experienced amid a video tribute, standing ovation and chants of "Thank you, Paul Pierce."

Never have Rivers and Pierce walked into the visitors' locker room in Boston together, however, which will make...

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