Dave Portnoy’s Playful Nudge to Employee, Amidst Courtside NHL Distraction at Celtics-Knicks NBA Match

Published 12/09/2023, 6:00 AM EST

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Dave Portnoy has become something of a fixture at the Boston Celtics‘ games in recent weeks. It was not that long ago when he turned up to see the Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers. The Celtics prevailed then, 117-107 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. They also won in their most recent meeting, 125-119 at the TD Garden.

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At the same venue, the Celtics beat the New York Knicks 133-123 tonight. Dave Portnoy was present there with Elio Imbornone, Mr. Ice himself. While Portnoy was engrossed in the action on the court, Imbornone split his attention between the court and Rogers Place in Edmonton, Canada.

Dave Portnoy’s good-natured ribbing

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After taking to X, Dave Portnoy shared a post where he pulled his best friend’s leg. Portnoy shared a five-second clip of Imbornone watching the Edmonton Oilers hosting the Minnesota Wild on his phone. They occupied courtside seats at the TD Garden. He wrote, tagging his friend’s X handle in the post, Wanna go to Celts game, @elio82?”

As of 11.20 pm ET, the Oilers led the Wild 4-3, with around 08:00 remaining in the third period of the game. Evan Bouchard scored his second goal of the game in a Power Play early into the third period to give the Oilers the lead. Center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was involved in all four of his team’s goals up to that point, though he did not get on the scoresheet himself.

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A superb clash between the Celtics and the Knicks

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The Celtics prevailed by 10 points in the end. They were outscored by the Knicks in only the fourth quarter. The win took them to the top of the NBA standings in the Eastern Conference. Derrick White provided the star turn for the Celtics, with 30 points, three rebounds, and three assists. It would be another Celtics win seen up close by Dave Portnoy this season.

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When the Celtics met the 76ers away last, Dave Portnoy made a comment that sparked a lot of banter online. Portnoy quipped the 76ers mascot was taller than their point guard, Patrick Beverley. Beverley had a game to forget on that occasion, with his struggles only intensifying as the match went on.

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With a 16-5 record this NBA season, the Celtics are the team to beat this NBA season in the Eastern Conference. It remains to be seen if they can carry the early season form all the way.

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Anirudh Haridas

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I am Anirudh Haridas and I am a US Sports Writer at EssentiallySports. As a stalwart ice hockey fan, I delved into the US Sports arena, driven by the phenomenal pace of the sport. From creating insights on various Olympic avenues like surfing and swimming to covering stories around equestrian and rodeo sports, I bring versatility to my writing.
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