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Five takeaways from the Clippers' 107-102 loss to the Boston Celtics

Five takeaways from the Clippers' 107-102 loss to the Boston Celtics

1. Inside the Clippers’ locker room, before they were about to take on the Celtics on Sunday afternoon at TD Garden, Coach Doc Rivers began to talk to his players about the greatness of Paul Pierce and the relevance the city of Boston has for the former Celtics star.

Pierce had spent the first 15 years of his NBA career with the Celtics, helping to bring them a championship in 2008. The fans had now come out to see him one last time, to pay homage to Pierce, who was playing his last game in Boston after a 19-year career that is coming to a close at the end of this season.

And there was so much symmetry to this moment. Pierce’s first game with the Celtics was on Feb. 5, 1999...

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