Highlights of the Celtics' 2015-16 Schedule
The Boston Celtics’ schedule has been released and it’s full of games high on intrigue with storylines and subplots galore.
Here are some of the highlights from the Celtics’ upcoming 2015-16 schedule:
Philadelphia, Oct. 28: Everett, Mass. native Nerlens Noel and No. 2 overall pick Jahlil Okafor will lead a young Sixers team into Boston. Last season, the Celtics swept all four matchups with the margin of victory being 14.8 points per game.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
At Indiana, Nov. 4: The Celtics were 19-22 on the road last season which included a 93-89 win at Indiana. The loss by the Pacers snapped THEIR seven-game winning streak and in many ways contributed to a continual downward spiral that ended with Indiana failing to make the playoffs.
THE CHAMPS ARE HERE
Golden State, Dec. 11: Reigning league MVP Stephen Curry and his championship-clad teammates roll into town where they will see a familiar face -- David Lee -- donning a Celtics uniform. Lee was traded to Boston for Gerald Wallace and Chris Babb.
THE KING'S COURT
Cleveland, Dec. 15: LeBron James and company will try to pick up where they left off against the Celtics who were swept by the Cavs in the playoffs last year. Things got a little chippy in that series between James and Jae Crowder. Water under the bridge? We’ll find out soon enough.
BIG TICKET'S FINALE?
Minnesota, Dec. 21: Entering his 20th NBA season, fans will certainly flock to the TD Garden for what may be the last time Kevin Garnett plays on the parquet. He comes into this season as the elder statesman for what should be an improved Minnesota team.
Sacramento, Feb. 7: The Celtics will face Rajon Rondo and the Sacramento Kings in Mexico City on Dec. 3, but Celtics fans will have to wait a couple months to see him return to the parquet where he helped bring home Banner 17 in 2008, along with being a four-time All-Star who ranks among the franchise’s all-time leaders in assists.
Los Angeles Clippers, Feb. 10: It’s always a big deal when former Celtic Paul Pierce returns to town. But this time he returns as a member of the Clippers, who are led by former Celtics coach Doc Rivers.
The Celtics were able to close out last season with a bang, winning seven of their eight regular season games in April. Their April schedule this season is a lot tougher with road games against the defending NBA champion Warriors (April 1) and the final back-to-back game of the season for them at Atlanta April 9. And while the Celtics close out the season with the final two games at home, Charlotte (April 11) and Miami (April 13) will likely be in the hunt for a playoff spot just like the Celtics.