Now that it's over, the Celtics could concede that this was no ordinary opening night. As Kevin Garnett walked to the podium in the room usually reserved for games deep in the playoffs he turned to Paul Pierce and said, "Are we in the finals already?"
"It did have a lot of hype on it," Garnett continued. "A lot of good personnel on both teams, a lot of outstanding personnel. You could tell both teams were a bit rusty. You could tell there was a lot of hype, a lot of anticipation with this game."