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Celtics react to Marathon tragedy at Tuesday's practice

Posted by shawn cassidy on April 17, 2013 at 1:35 AM

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Sorry for getting the Celtics practice notes up late today.

"I always go down after practice and watch. I've done it every year that we've been in town, because I live literally two blocks from the finish line," said Rivers. "I was on my way actually. I had just gotten out of the tunnel when the bomb exploded. It's just awful. It takes the joy out of sports -- because that's what sports is supposed to bring is joy. It took all the joy out of the event and out of the day."

"It was sad to hear about what happened yesterday," said Green. "You never think anything like that can happen. For something to happen here, right where I live, right down the street from where I live, and close to home, I mean, it's sad."

"Being in the city, the one thing I will say, you're just really proud to be part of Boston," said Rivers. "I saw people who didn't work for the police or anything like that, directing traffic, showing people where to go. I just thought the spirit of Boston was phenomenal last night. In a tragic event, it either separates you or brings you together. It clearly brought the city of Boston together, which was awesome."

"I know this is a strong city. I think we're going to do everything possible to help the victims and families and help the city come back and get back to the way it was," said Green. "It's going to be tough, because I don't think the city really had anything like this happen before. Whatever we can do, whatever I can do, I'm willing to help, because it's a tough thing to get through."

Rivers said the city of Boston showed a lot in the aftermath of what occurred, including the first responders and anyone who offered support after the explosions.

"The city has responded," said Rivers. "The city it was awesome, watching people help people. I'm driving and I can see people helping people walk; helping go to the right places. This city has an amazing amount of spirit and I think that showed last night. And today still."

I don't live in Boston, but my brother does. First thought in my mind was is he okay. I was one of the lucky family member of a Bostonian who wasn't hurt from the bombing. He was 10 blocks away with some friends, and it's so crazy that all of this happened. The shock and heartache is still very strong. The city of Boston is a tough city, and my brother assured me that.

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Reply paul
8:22 AM on April 17, 2013 
I'm praying for those hurt.
Reply Greg
12:43 PM on April 17, 2013 
I'm ready to get back to normal,but not forget.