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Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are correct on this one. The only emotion left between those former members of the Big Three facing their old team will be when they come to TD Garden Jan. 26.
Both Pierce and Garnett and the Celtics have moved on, as evidenced by the tepid reactions following the Nets’ 104-96 win Tuesday night over the never-quit Celtics at Barclays Center.
Perhaps if the Nets were streaking, off to the type of start expected when general manager Billy King mortgaged the future for now in the trade with the Celtics, the emotion would have been more tangible. But the Nets are a desperate team. They were playing with their projected starting five healthy for the first time since Nov. 15.