Things may feel a little different when the Celtics take the court at TD Garden on Friday. That game, the third installment of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series against the Knicks, will be the Celtics’ first contest in Boston since a tragic week that had a profound affect on the city, as well as a much less significant impact on the Celtics’ schedule.
Because of last week’s bombing at the Boston Marathon, the Celtics have not played at home since April 10. Their regular season home finale against the Pacers was cancelled on Tuesday, and a night later they closed out the season in Toronto. When the Celtics take the floor for Game 3 on Friday, it will be their first home game in 17 days.
“It feels like it’s been a month,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Wednesday in a conference call. “It’ll be great to be home. Obviously, these are extreme circumstances. We missed the last home game of the season — I don’t know that that’s ever happened — and then we’ve been on the r