Feb. 27, 1989

Danny Ainge’s initial presence with the Boston Celtics ended when he and Brad Lohaus were traded to the Sacramento Kings for Ed Pinckney and Joe Kleine.

It’s fair to assume that Ainge doesn’t celebrate the anniversary of that deal.

Three days after the deal when down, the four players caught up with their new teams.And while Pinckney and Lohaus endured a culture shock, they found out that Celtic Pride and all those banners in the Garden rafters do not guarantee sustained glory. 

Making their first appearances for the C’s, Pinckney scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Kleine scored nine points with one rebound in a 122-110 loss to the New York Knicks at that other Garden.

There was little the Celtics could do to reinvigorate themselves. Having lost Larry Bird after just six games when he had bone spurs surgically removed from both heels, Boston finished 42-40.

It was good enough for them to slip into the playoffs, but their stay was brief as it could be. The Pistons swept them in the first round.