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Classic Celtics schedule: When to watch memorable C's games on NBC Sports Boston

Classic Celtics schedule: When to watch memorable C's games on NBC Sports Boston

If you're like us, you're having serious basketball withdrawals right now. You want nothing more than to watch the Boston Celtics in action.

That's where NBC Sports Boston comes in.

With the NBA on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, we've decided fill the basketball void by replaying some of the best Celtics games in recent memory.

You may have caught Isaiah Thomas' historic 52-point night against the Miami Heat on Monday, or tuned in last Friday to watch Boston edge the Toronto Raptors in Kemba Walker's first home game as a Celtic.

It's all part of our "Classic Celtics" series on NBC Sports Boston, where we're re-airing 10 of the best Celtics games in recent history over the next three weeks starting Wednesday night.

Each broadcast begins at 7 p.m. ET and lasts two hours, allowing you to get your Celtics fix while still practicing social distancing.

Check out the full "Classic Celtics" game schedule below:

Wednesday, March 25
Celtics vs. Bucks, Game 1 of 2018 Eastern Conference first round
Terry Rozier drops 23 points on the Bucks to ignite a feud with Eric Bledsoe, while Boston rallies to win in overtime after Khris Middleton's end-of-regulation buzzer-beater.

Friday, March 27
Celtics vs. Lakers, Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals
The C's crush the Lakers in L.A. thanks to strong performances from Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to clinch their 17th NBA championship.

Sunday, March 29th
Celtics vs. Bulls, Game 2 of the 1986 Eastern Conference First Round
Michael Jordan sets an NBA postseason record with 63 points, but the Celtics go on to win in double overtime and sweep the series.
 
Wednesday, April 1st
Celtics vs. Bucks, October 30, 2019
The Celtics come back from a 19-point deficit behind Kemba Walker’s 32 points to earn an impressive early-season victory.
 
Friday, April 3rd
Celtics vs. Rockets, Game 6 of the 1986 NBA Finals
Larry Bird delivers a masterful performance -- 29 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists -- to help the Celtics clinch their 16th NBA title.
 
Sunday, April 5th
Celtics vs. Suns, Game 5 of the 1976 NBA Finals
It has been called 'the greatest game ever played.' The Celtics outlast the Suns in three overtimes to earn a crucial Game 5 win, setting up their clinching victory in Game 6.
 
Wednesday, April 8th
Celtics vs. Pacers, Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round
Larry Bird returns from injuring his cheek in the first half to lead the Celtics to a series-sealing victory over the Indiana Pacers.
 
Friday, April 10th
Celtics vs. Lakers, Game 7 of the 1984 NBA Finals
Larry Bird gets the better of Magic Johnson in this timeless matchup between bitter rivals, as the Celtics celebrate at Boston Garden.
 
Saturday, April 11th
Celtics vs. Bucks, Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round
Al Horford and Terry Rozier help a scrappy Celtics squad dispatch the Bucks without Irving and Gordon Hayward.
 
Monday, April 13th 
Celtics vs. 76ers, Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals
The Celtics storm back from a 3-1 series deficit to edge Philadelphia by one point in Game 7 and advance to the NBA Finals.
 
Wednesday, April 15th 
Celtics vs. Pacers, March 10, 2020
In their final game before the NBA postponed the 2019-20 season, the Celtics hold off the Pacers' comeback for the victory.

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This story shows just how excited Kemba Walker was to become a Celtic

This story shows just how excited Kemba Walker was to become a Celtic

Boston Celtics fans were ecstatic last summer to find out Kemba Walker would be their new starting point guard, and the feeling was mutual.

After Walker agreed to join the C's on a four-year, $141 million max deal, he couldn't help but tell the world. Walker's sister, Sharifa Nesbitt, described Kemba's excitement upon joining the Celtics in an excellent feature written by Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe.

When Walker and his sister returned to Charlotte on June 27, his decision had been all but made. A man at the airport asked if he was going to re-sign with the Hornets, and Walker told him that he was going to become a Celtic, breaking the news himself in a busy terminal.

'He was telling whoever would ask,” Sharifa said with a chuckle. 'He was just happy.'

It's been all smiles for Walker on the court during the 2019-20 season as well. The 29-year-old has quickly become the heart and soul of the C's and has drastically improved the team's chemistry after last year's tumultuous campaign.

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After what Walker went through with the Charlotte Hornets, it's no surprise he was so thrilled to join a perennial contender like Boston. Charlotte only had two winning seasons since drafting Walker in 2011.

Walker is averaging 20.0 points, 4.9 assists, and 4.1 rebounds through 50 games played this season, and he'll be a huge factor in the Celtics' success if and when the NBA season finally resumes.

You can read Himmelsbach's full feature on Walker here.

Celtics' Marcus Smart makes perfect comment about NBA's HORSE challenge

Celtics' Marcus Smart makes perfect comment about NBA's HORSE challenge

We'll finally get to see some basketball action -- sort of -- when NBA's "HORSE Challenge" begins Sunday night.

Unfortunately, Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart won't be participating despite being a master trick-shot artist.  He did, however, chime in with an idea for a contest he'd love to be a part of.

"Let’s play H-O-R-S-E with defense and see how that works out ;)," he tweeted Thursday night.

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Sounds right up the potential Defensive Player of the Year's alley.

Although Smart won't get the chance to show off his trick-shot prowess, one former Celtic will. Paul Pierce is set to be one of the eight contestants in the competition.

Smart tested positive for the coronavirus last month, but he has since been cleared. The 26-year-old recently appeared on CNN to discuss the importance of social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic and donated his plasma to the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project.