Boston Celtics

BOSTON, MA - MAY 19: An exterior view of TD Garden prior to Game Two of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics on May 19, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.

When Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker and Boston mayor Kim Janey announced a May 29 full reopening on Monday, many local sports fans instantly turned their thoughts to the NBA and NHL playoffs. With the Celtics beating the Wizards in the play-in tournament Tuesday night, they would have the first chance to host a full crowd, with Game 4 of their first-round series against the Nets set for May 30.

However, that may not end up being the case. Speaking with Toucher & Rich Tuesday morning, Danny Ainge said the team will need league approval, not just local approval, to host a capacity crowd.

“I have heard the what the governor said,” Ainge said, in regards to filling up TD Garden. “But I haven’t heard that when it comes to NBA capacity, I’m not sure that we’re there yet.”

“There’s our state and then there’s our – the NBA and there’s all sorts of protocols and hoops to jump through,” Ainge continued. “So it’s pretty complicated. I’m not sure what that’s going to – how that’s going to work.”

As of May 17, no NBA team has hosted a full crowd this season, even in states that have fully reopened. However, some have started to cross the 50-percent threshold.

Even though a full arena may not happen, the number of fans admitted – which currently is 25 percent in the state of Massachusetts – could increase.

“I think that there’s a lot of protocols had to go through,” Ainge noted. “I did see a team got as many as eight or nine thousand in the game last night because they had an entire section or two that were all vaccinated people. And they were – those sections were filled to capacity. So I think there has been discussion about those types of options.”

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