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Why The Celtics Are Wearing A Black '17' Patch On Their Jerseys Today

A general view of the Boston Celtics arena.

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 14: A general view before a game between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers at TD Garden on October 16, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

The Boston Celtics open their highly anticipated Eastern Conference semifinal series with the top-seed Milwaukee Bucks tomorrow afternoon. The game comes days after the passing of Celtics legend John Havlicek.

The C's great was 79 years old. He suffered from Parkinson's Disease at the time of his death on Thursday night.

Havlicek is one of the winningest players in NBA history. During his time in Boston, he took home eight NBA titles, winning NBA Finals MVP in 1974.

That series was also against the Bucks, coincidentally. Havlicek's team won four games to three, beating a stacked roster that featured legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson. It was the franchise's first title after Bill Russell's dominant stretch with the team.

To honor Celtics legend John Havlicek in the upcoming series, Boston is wearing a black bar-like patch on their uniforms with his No. 17.

Rachel Nichols got a look at the addition to the Celtics' jerseys for the remainder of the post-season.

Havlicek was a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. He made 13 All-Star Games, and was a first team All-NBA player four times.

He is also one of the great players in Ohio State history, leading the Buckeyes to the 1960 national title.

Our thoughts continue to go out to the Havlicek family, and everyone else impacted by his unfortunate passing.