Amid his pre-draft prep, Patriots coachBill Belichickstopped by TD Garden to take in Game 2 of the Celtics-Pacers first-round playoff series.
A frequenter ofBostonsportingevents, Belichick, who turned 67 years old on Tuesday, was joined by his longtime girlfriend,Linda Holliday. The couple sat courtside, next to Celtics co-ownerWyc Grousbeckand his wife,Emilia Fazzalari.
In between the first and second quarters, Belichick, wearing jeans and a suit jacket over a light blue, button-down shirt, cracked a smile upon being shown on the center-court video board. He, of course, was showered with cheers.
Wide receiverJulian Edelman, safetyDuron Harmon, safetyDevin McCourty, and cornerbackJason McCourtyall also got some face time, with Edelman, donning a black beanie, garnering the loudest applause.
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Joining the veterans were a slew of younger Patriots, including seven members ofthe 2018 draft class: linebackerJa’Whaun Bentley, wide receiverBraxton Berrios, cornerbackKeion Crossen, cornerbackDuke Dawson, tight endRyan Izzo, running backSony Michel, and offensive linemanIsaiah Wynn. Newly-signed tight endAustin Seferian Jenkinswas also in attendance, as were defensive tackleAdam Butler, cornerbackJ.C. Jackson, and offensive guardShaq Mason.
Celtics legendLarry Bird, who was in the stands for Game 1, returned for Game 2 as well. He once again received a thunderous ovation upon being shown on the big screen during the second quarter.
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