Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/2/12
BOSTON -- The Celtics were extremely formidable at the TD Garden last season, when they won 24 of their 33 home games and enjoyed a bittersweet send-off from their fans toward the end of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Bucks did not much care about Boston's home record from last season, though, and Celtics coach Doc Rivers recognized that. Shortly before his team took the court for their home opener on Friday, Rivers said that a new season wipes away any advantage the Celtics seemingly enjoyed a year ago. "I always tell our guys, why do you want home court if you don't have a home-court advantage?" Rivers said. "So you should establish it. I think we've done that over the years here. This is not a place people want to come in to play, but I think each year you have to re-establish it. I don't think you get a bye from last year. You've got to keep doing it." Success in the home opener does not necessarily portend good things at home all season, though. The Celtics opened up with three wins at home last season only to drop five of their next six at the Garden. Have a question for Ben Watanabe? Send it to him via Twitter at @BenjeeBallgame or send it here.

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