Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/15/13
8 a.m. ET: Paul Pierce has already said he does not plan to suit up for the Nets’ preseason finale in Boston, preferring to wait until the regular season to make his return to the court at TD Garden. So this could be Celtics’ fans only chance this preseason to see their former hero take on his old team. Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry will host the Celtics in a miniature reunion for all three. Brandon Bass admitted in practice on Monday that this being the preseason, the meeting will not have as much emotion as it will when they play in Brooklyn on Dec. 10 or in Boston on Jan. 26. Bass and a few of the holdovers from the last couple of seasons will use Tuesday’s game as a chance to prove to their old teammates that things are just fine back in Boston. “The ol’ G’s aren’t here anymore,” Bass said. “The young G’s have to step up now. We’re treating it like a regular game. Got to go out, play hard at both ends and try to get a win.” At least Pierce should be rested. Nets coach Jason Kidd gave Pierce the night off in Philadelphia on Monday as the team began a stretch of three games in four nights. At least one other regular player will probably rest as well, although it is uncertain whether it could be Garnett. Join us for updates and analysis during the game, which tips off at 7:30 p.m. ET. Filed under: Ben Watanabe, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Headlines, Live Blog

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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