WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) - The Celtics are back home for the first time since the Boston Marathon bombings, and they're hoping the friendly crowd can help turn around their first-round series against the New York Knicks.
The Celtics are down 0-2 in the best-of-seven series. Game 3 is Friday night.
Coach Doc Rivers says the Boston crowd has always been a big help. Now the team really needs it.
A Celtics spokeswoman says there will be a pregame moment of silence and video in honor of the bombing victims. First responders will also be recognized during the break between the first and second quarters.
The Celtics canceled their final home game, which had been scheduled for the day after the attacks.
Also Thursday, the NBA fined Rivers $25,000 for criticizing the officials after the Game 2 loss Tuesday. Kevin Garnett was in foul trouble after picking up two in the first few minutes of the game, and Rivers said afterward that the calls against Garnett were ``horrendous.''