Boston Celtics Team and Player Reactions to Boston Marathon Tragedy

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Boston Celtics Team and Player Reactions to Boston Marathon Tragedy
The Boston Celtics and their players reacted to the terrible tragedy at the Boston Marathon Monday.

The large majority of Boston's Back Bay, the area primarily affected by Monday's tragic Boston Marathon explosions, sits in solemn silence this evening.

As the city regroups, and officials search for answers, the Twitterverse remains active. The accounts of Boston Celtics players, officials and public relations staff have tweeted rapid reactions, thoughts, wishes and prayers to the terror event that killed three and wounded over 140 others.

The NBA, meanwhile, released an official statement announcing the cancellation of Tuesday's game between the Celtics and the Indiana Pacers. Boston and Indy will each finish with 81 games, as their respective playoff seeds are locked in place regardless. The statement from NBA.com reads:

The Boston Celtics' home game against the Indiana Pacers scheduled for Tuesday has been canceled because of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The NBA says Monday that the game will not be rescheduled. TNT, which was originally scheduled to air the game, will now show the Hawks host the Raptors at 8 p.m. ET.

The Celtics and Pacers already have clinched playoff berths and are locked into certain seedings in the Eastern Conference.

Two bombs exploded in the packed streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday.

From the Celtics, the initial reaction on Twitter reflected shock, disbelief and hope. The explosions began around 2:50 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Backup guard/forward Terrence Williams was the first player to post, at 3:43, perhaps not yet aware of the enormity of the attack.

Two minutes later, rookie Jared Sullinger, out for the season due to February back surgery, tweeted after his afternoon workout.

At 3:58, All-Star floor veteran and fellow injured Celtic Rajon Rondo sent a simple but heartfelt message to the Boston community.

At 4:07, Courtney Lee checked in, clearly exasperated by the news and apprehensive about Bostonians' safety.

Sean Grande, the always-eloquent radio voice of the Celtics, tweeted at 4:35. He plainly stated the proximity of his house to the blasts, then marveled at the overwhelmingly terrifying video taken by Boston Globe writer Steve Silva as the attack unfolded.

In 140 words, he wrote about the unfathomable results of enemy hatred, while also shedding light on the fact that disasters introduce us to heroes.

At 5:44, the official Twitter account for the Boston Celtics made its first public statement, a simple but solemn reminder and brief plea.

During the catastrophe, rookie Fab Melo had been traveling back to Boston after being called up from the Celtics D-league affiliate Maine Red Claws. He expressed his remorse at 5:50 when he touched down.

Avery Bradley offered similar sentiments just about an hour later.

At 8:17, the Celtics retweeted the NBA PR's announcement of the game cancellation.

Williams tweets again at 10:04, stating his disappointment about the canceled game but adding that it was a logical move.


The author, Boston Celtics Featured Columnist Sloan Piva, is a lifelong Massachusetts resident. He would like to send his condolences to the family and friends of the victims who passed and offer thoughts and warm wishes for a speedy recovery to anyone wounded. This senseless act of hatred was an affront to one of the finest and most decent cities in world history.

But it will not break us. Bostonians showed a brand of unity, pride and selflessness Monday, as countless bystanders rushed to join rescue workers and save as many lives as possible. Good will always outweigh evil, because heroes will always outnumber villains. As we attempt to fall asleep tonight, let's think good thoughts for the victims, and also offer a tip of our caps to the helpers.

"My mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers—so many caring people in this world."—Fred Rogers, PBS

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