Expect increased security for Celtics playoff games

Expect increased security for Celtics playoff games
April 16, 2013, 10:15 pm
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WALTHAM — Increased security is a given when the NBA playoffs roll around.

But following the bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, the security presence in the postseason will likely be ratcheted up even more than in past years.

The impact of an increased security presence can already be felt in other professional sports.

Monday night's baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres was, indeed, one in which security was tighter than usual, something Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said was in response to the explosions at the Boston Marathon earlier in the day.

In the NHL, the Tennessean reported that there was "an increased security presence" at the Nashville Predators' game against the Vancouver Canucks.

Hours after the BMarathon explosions, NBA fans had to endure longer-than-usual lines in Brooklyn as the Nets hosted the Washington Wizards, due to increased security for fans before they entered the Barclays Center.

Arena security in Brooklyn distributed a memo to the Nets basketball staff prior to the game.

"The memo in effect read, “We’re in a major event in a big building in a big city. Keep your eyes and ears open. If you see something, let us know,' ” interim Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo told reporters.

While it's unclear exactly how and to what extent security will be beefed up for the NBA playoffs, it's a safe bet that it will be significantly bolstered in part because of the Boston Marathon attack.

Increased security will be a topic of discussion leading up to the days when the Celtics host playoff games 3 and 4 at the TD Garden against the New York Knicks.

"We have not sat down with the Garden yet with regard to an enhanced security plan," said Celtics president Rich Gotham. "But that's certainly something we will be doing, along with the Garden and the city of Boston and the police."

While it's not a topic discussed often, it's certainly something that's now on the minds of many players -- especially those who play in Boston.

Former Providence College star MarShon Brooks who now plays for the Nets, told the New York Daily News that he does feel "vulnerable" to an attack during games.

“They can catch you off guard, especially at a basketball game,” said Brooks who was drafted by the Celtics but traded to New Jersey (now Brooklyn) on draft night.

Celtics forward Jeff Green, who lives just a few blocks away from the explosion, added, "You never know what can happen. When stuff like that happens, you always think the worst. I just want to be safe. I want everybody in the city to be safe."