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3. Honoring Paul Pierce

The Celtics will retire the No. 34 in honor of Paul Pierce prior to tip-off after he spent 15 years in Boston. Pierce ranks second in franchise history in points (24,021), and is arguably the greatest player to wear the green and white uniform.

Pierce won the NBA Finals and NBA Finals MVP in 2008 before falling to the Lakers in the title game in 2010. He is a 10-time All-Star, and won the three-point shootout in 2010.

The 40-year-old from Oakland, Calif. averaged 19.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.6 blocks in 19 campaigns with the Celtics, Nets, Wizards and Clippers.

John Alfes has covered Cleveland sports since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.

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John Alfes is a senior at John Carroll University, and hails from Westlake, Ohio. His love and passion for the game of baseball originated in 1998, when he played catch with his father at the age of two. A former collegiate pitcher, Alfes currently serves as a Cleveland Cavaliers reporter for AP Radio/Metro Networks and the Cleveland Indians Beat Writer for CBS Sports/Scout Media Network, all while majoring in Communications (focus in Journalism) and English (focus in Professional Writing). He is the Sports Editor for The Carroll News, Sports Director for WJCU 88.7 FM and Senior Writer for the John Carroll Sports Information Department. John is an Eagle Scout and loves his two younger brothers (Conrad and Daniel) and two parents (John and Celeste). You can follow John Alfes on Twitter (@JohnAlfes) or reach him through email (

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