10 Games to circle on your Celtics calendar
10 games to circle on your Celtics calendar
The Celtics 2014-15 season schedule has been annouced. With it, 18 back-to-back sets, a six-game trip out west, an extremely difficult November, 18 games in March . . . and more. Hit the link above for more notes on the upcoming season (plus a link to download the schedule). For 10 games you'll want to catch in Boston this season, here we go:
Wednesday, October 29 vs. Brooklyn Nets 7:30 PM
The Celtics kick off their 2014-15 season at the TD Garden against old friend Kevin Garnett and the Brooklyn Nets. This will be the third game against the Nets in a row, as Boston closes its preseason schedule with two games against the Nets. This will also be known as the Marcus Thornton Revenge Game.
Wednesday, November 12 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder 7:30 PM
Kevin Durant has missed a couple games here in Boston over the years, including last season's game. Hopefully that's not the case this time around with the game being early on in the season. The Thunder storm into the Garden with their eyes set on an NBA championship. And don't forget Kendrick Perkins - a fan favorite − visits too. Oh, and Russell Westbrook's wardrobe.
Friday, November 14 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers 7:30 PM
It doesn't get much more fun than when LeBron James comes to town. He'll be here tonight - most likely with Kevin Love (and Ray Allen?), too. This game will sting a bit for Celtics fans, which means they'll be louder than ever. It's been four years since there was real hatred for the Cavs. There's an outside chance this is LeBron's only game this season in Boston, as the Cavs visit again on April 12, a few days before the end of the regular season. They could be resting him by them. The C's visit Cleveland on March 3 and April 10.
Sunday, November 30 vs. San Antonio Spurs 1:00 PM
If you're a basketball fan, coach, or player, get a ticket to this game. When Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs come to town it's always a clinic. Check out last year's title run as Exhibit A. There won't be too many more seasons of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili so enjoy it while you can. And don't forget New Hampshire's own Matt Bonner.
Friday, December 5 vs. Los Angeles Lakers 7:30 PM
Nick "Swaggy P." Young. Carlos Boozer. Ed Davis! This is shaping up to be a classic Celtics-Lakers rivalry game. But seriously though, Kobe is in town - so there's your reason to circle this one. He always puts on a show when he's out on the court - and there aren't many of his shows left. Add in a little "Linsanity" and you've got yourself a solid Friday night.
Sunday, December 7 vs. Washington Wizards 6:00 PM
O' captain, my captain! The words of the late Robin Williams ring true for this return as Kris Humphries Paul Pierce and the Wizards make their first and only appearance at the TD Garden this season. No, it won't be as emotional as Pierce's first return last season with the Nets, but it will always be special when he comes back to the TD Garden. The C's and Wizards face off again the next day in Washington (and for the third and final time on December 27).
Friday, December 19 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves 7:30 PM
No, it won't be a game with Kevin Love-to-Boston rumors serving as the real storyline - sadly. But it should be Boston's first chance at seeing Andrew Wiggins play, and that's something anyways.
Sunday, February 1 vs. Miami Heat 1:00 PM
There will be no LeBron James anymore, but the Heat still remain competitive nonetheless. Chris Bosh and his five-year, $118 million contract take a Sunday stroll through Boston, along with Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, and a few other complimentary pieces.
Sunday, March 29 vs. Los Angeles Clippers 6:00 PM
We remember Doc Rivers' emotional return to Boston last year. He doesn't return until almost the end of the season this time around. The Clippers are one of the favorites to go all the way next season, so this will be a fun game to watch. Plus CP3 and Blake Griffin. We might even get a Glen Davis sighting. Might.
Friday, April 3 vs. Milwaukee Bucks 7:30 PM
This game is noteworthy for a couple reasons: 1. Jabari Parker makes his first and only trip to Boston this season. Just 40 less trips than what some had hoped he'd make… 2. Who knows, both of these teams could be fighting for a very important position - in the lottery. Bonus reason: Jerryd Bayless makes his triumphant return.