The Boston Celtics have one of the best homecourt advantages in the NBA.
They have an intensely passionate fan base that provides an amazing environment at home games, especially in the playoffs.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced sports leagues and teams around the world to limit the number of fans attending games or not allow any at all. The Celtics have played 13 home games during the 2020-21 season and fans were not allowed to attend any of them.
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That’s about to change.
Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker announced Thursday that Step 1 of Phase IV in the state’s reopening process would begin March 22. Included in that is venues such as TD Garden, Gillette Stadium and Fenway Park opening to the public at 12 percent capacity.
So, when the Celtics host Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans on March 29, there could be fans in the building for the first time since March of 2020.
Tristan Thompson signed with the Celtics as a free agent over the offseason and has yet to fully experience what it’s like to play in Boston with a raucous home crowd behind the team.
He was asked Friday about the fans returning soon, and the veteran center gave a candid answer.
The Celtics could definitely use the support of their fans right now. Boston has lost seven of its last 10 games and isn’t playing with the type of…