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Celtics-Pacers playoff schedule: Dates, times for first-round series

Celtics-Pacers playoff schedule: Dates, times for first-round series

The Celtics will open their first-round NBA playoff series against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at TD Garden, the league announced late Wednesday when it released first-round schedules.

Game 1 at Celtics: Sunday, April 14 at 1pm (NBC Sports Boston, Celtics Pregame Live at noon)

Game 2 at Celtics: Wednesday, April 17 at 7pm (NBC Sports Boston, Celtics Pregame Live at 6pm)

Game 3 at Pacers: Friday, April 19 at 8:30pm (NBC Sports Boston, Celtics Pregame Live at 7:30pm)

Game 4 at Pacers: Sunday, April 21 at 1pm (Celtics Pregame Live at noon on NBC Sports Boston)

Game 5 at Celtics*: Wednesday, April 24 at TBD (NBC Sports Boston, Celtics Pregame Live one hour before tip-off)

Game 6 at Pacers*: Friday, April 26 at TBD (NBC Sports Boston, Celtics Pregame Live one hour before tip-off)

Game 7 at Celtics*: Sunday, April 28 at TBD (Celtics Pregame Live one hour before tip-off on NBC Sports Boston)

The Celtics (49-33 in the regular season) are the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Pacers (48-34) are No. 5.

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2019 FIBA World Cup live stream: How to watch Team USA vs. Australia exhibition

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2019 FIBA World Cup live stream: How to watch Team USA vs. Australia exhibition

After drawing the largest crowd for a basketball game ever in Australia on Thursday (51,218), Team USA and Australia return to Marvel Stadium late tonight (2 p.m. Saturday in Melbourne) to play another tuneup for the FIBA World Cup.

A trio of Celtics - part of "Team Shamrock" for the US - all played key roles in helping the US defeat the Aussies 102-86. Kemba Walker scored a game-high 23 points, and Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown each scored 11. The fourth Celtic on Team USA, Marcus Smart, who hasn't played because of a calf injury, didn't play in that game but has been cleared to return and could be back tonight.

Team Australia includes a former Celtic, Aron Baynes.

The Americans have one more tuneup in Australia, Monday against Team Canada, before the FIBA World Cup opens in China against the Czech Republic on Sept. 1. 

Here's how to watch tonight's game:

When: Saturday, Aug. 24, midnight
TV Channel: NBA TV
Live Stream: Twitch and NBA.com

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Enes Kanter considering 'American name' when he becomes U.S. citizen

Enes Kanter considering 'American name' when he becomes U.S. citizen

Enes Kanter has big plans for the next couple of years that extend far beyond basketball.

The new Boston Celtics big man recently told TMZ Sports he plans on becoming a United States citizen two years from now. Kanter has been vocal about human rights issues in his home country of Turkey, to the point where Turkish prosecutors are seeking the arrest of the 27-year-old for his criticism of president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Kanter's citizenship may not be the only major change he makes in two years. He says he's also considering a switch to an "American name."

"I'm actually becoming a U.S. citizen in two years," Kanter told TMZ. "I'm actually thinking about adding an American name. I'm still thinking about it. I don't know yet."

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But what names are under consideration? That's the next question that needs to be posed to the 6-foot-11 forward.

Kanter, who signed a two-year deal worth $10 million this offseason, will be counted on to play a sizable role for the Celtics. He and fellow newcomer Kemba Walker are expected to help replenish the team chemistry that was missing throughout the 2018-19 campaign.

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