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Isaiah Thomas asks Celtics to focus on Paul Pierce’s jersey retirement on Feb. 11

The date will be Thomas’ first game back in Boston.

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When Isaiah Thomas was unable to play on Jan. 3 in Boston, he asked the Celtics to not play a video tribute in his honor. Now, when the Cavs return to Boston again on Feb. 11, Thomas is again asking the spotlight to be taken off of him.

In a series of tweets sent out on Tuesday, Thomas asked the Celtics to focus not on him, but on Paul Pierce’s jersey retirement scheduled for the same night. While he tweeted that he is looking forward to returning, he is again asking for Boston not to play a tribute video:

Per ESPN, Pierce said the following on Jan. 4 while appearing on ESPN’s The Jump: “I’m not saying Isaiah shouldn’t get a tribute video ... but on Feb. 11, the night I get my jersey retired, I’m not sure I want to look up at the JumboTron and see Isaiah highlights.” The next day, per ESPN, he added the following on ESPN’s NBA Countdown show: “I just feel like this: You only get your jersey retired once. It’s a crowning achievement for me. Isaiah will be back in Boston again -- next year, the year after, he’s going to have a long career. But this one day should belong to Paul Pierce.”

Pelicans guard Tony Allen, an ex-teammate of Pierce’s in Boston, echoed those sentiments this week.

The Celtics have not yet responded to Thomas’ request.