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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Red Sox on the Celtics' minds

By Chris Forsberg

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Brady Stevens, the soon-to-be 8-year-old son of Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens, announced to his father on Tuesday morning that "everybody is going to watch the Celtics opener" on Wednesday night.

Poor Dad hit him with a dose of reality.

"I'm like, 'Eh, I don't know about that,'" explained the elder Stevens. "I think we may lose a few viewers around 8:07."

The Celtics open their 2013-14 campaign in Toronto on Wednesday night and will have about an hour head start before the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals meet in Game 6 of the World Series at Fenway Park. With the Red Sox one win away from clinching the Series, Stevens will understand if viewers reach for their remotes after the first half.

"We’ll be the appetizer for World Series Game 6. And I’m OK with that," Stevens said. "What an awesome opportunity for them. And to bring it back here and have an opportunity to compete for a World Series title, I can’t imagine what that feels like."

Gerald Wallace, a self-professed Red Sox super fan, laughed when it was suggested he might get himself thrown out of Wednesday's opener in order to sneak to the locker room and watch baseball.

"No comment," he said with a smile. Turning serious, he offered, "Hopefully we win. My main thing will be focusing on the [basketball] game. Those guys focus on what they do. Obviously I’m a fan at heart, but I do have a job to do and I’ll be prepared to do that [Wednesday] night.”

The fact that Boston's baseball squad has far exceeded expectations hasn't been ignored by the local hoopsters. Danny Ainge, who knows a thing or two about baseball, said last month that it was unfair to compare the Red Sox and Celtics, but that hasn't stopped his players from dreaming big.

"The Red Sox ... they are my inspiration," Jeff Green said. "I’ve been watching them the last couple years and nobody would think they would be at the point they are at now with guys who just came out of nowhere and played together, all on the same page, and they’re getting the job done. Now they have a great chance to win the World Series.

"I think we’re in a similar position, where we have guys that not a lot of people know -- [Rajon] Rondo would be our [David] Ortiz -- and we just follow his lead. We just have to go out there and play hard and give it our all."

Is that something the Celtics have talked about as a team?

"No, that’s just something that I’ve been thinking about the past couple months," Green said. "Because everybody is counting us out. And they did the same thing with the Red Sox. Like I said, look at where they are at and how hard they had to battle to get to that point. We have to do the same thing."