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The 2013-2014 NBA schedule was released Tuesday evening and, for Celtics fans, there are a few important games to highlight.
The Celtics and first year head coach Brad Stevens kick-off the season on October 30th in Toronto against the Raptors who will be looking to capitalize on a weakened Eastern Conference and make a run at the playoffs. Two nights later the Celtics are at home for the first time facing the Milwaukee Bucks, who like the Celtics, were a playoff team last season but will sport a new-look roster this year.
The most anticipated match-up of 2013-2014 for the Celtics will without question be on January 26th when they welcome the Brooklyn Nets to the TD Garden. This will mark the first time Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry suit up as visitors in Boston since they were traded to Brooklyn earlier this summer. A warm ovation can be expected.
That meeting, however, will not be the first time the Nets and Celtics see each other this season. The Celtics are set to take the floor against the Nets in Brooklyn on December 10th. The next night will also be fairly intriguing as the Los Angeles Clippers will visit the TD Garden in what will be former head coach Doc Rivers’s first game back in Boston since being acquired by L.A. in June. Rivers hasn’t been an opposing coach in Boston since 2003.
Other games to mark on the calendar include familiar foes and rivals. The reigning NBA champion Miami Heat welcome the Celtics on November 9th and will travel to Boston on March 19th.
Later, the Celtics see the Knicks twice in five days, first in New York on December 8th then at home on the 13th.
And the historic Celtics-Lakers rivalry resumes on January 17th as the two will tip-off in Boston.
Two final notes to make about the Celtics’s 2013-2014 schedule are that this season will end the Celtics streak of five straight seasons playing on Christmas Day. Also, January 25th marks the one year anniversary of point guard Rajon Rondo tearing his ACL. It will be interesting to see if Rondo is back on the court or even on the Celtics roster on that date.
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