The Madison Square Garden crowd was less than receptive of Pierce.
Knicks fans boo Paul Pierce
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, left, listens as Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce speaks about the Boston Marathon bombings in front of color guards from New York and Boston before Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs at Madison Square Garden in New York, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
The reaction upset Anthony, who told reporters following the game:
"‘I don’t think that was the right thing to do, boo somebody like that. At the end of the day, we all know what happened in Boston. Our prayers go out to the families and the City of Boston... Whoever booed him shouldn’t have booed him, not in a situation like that.’”