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NEW ORLEANS - FEBRUARY 15: Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics and Chris Duhan of the Chicago Bulls help build a home in with NBA Cares during NBA All-Star Weekend on February 15, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

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Of the Celtics’ two preseason games scheduled to take place at TD Garden, one of them is against the Brooklyn Nets. But fans with tickets to the Oct. 23 exhibition contest should not expect to see their beloved Paul Pierce back on the parquet floor for the first time since this summer’s blockbuster trade. Pierce hinted in a radio interview on Thursday that he will skip the Nets’ preseason visit to Boston, delaying his rousing return for the regular season. “I’ll do it just one time next year,” Pierce said of a welcome-back tour in Boston. Pierce and the Nets make their first trip to Boston on Jan. 26, then play again at the Garden on March 7. Presumably, Pierce will be suited up for those games, giving Celtics fans at least two chances to show their appreciation to their former captain for all his fine work. Filed under: Ben Watanabe, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Headlines
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