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Classic Celtics: Watch Terry Rozier lead C's past Bucks in 2018 playoff opener

Classic Celtics: Watch Terry Rozier lead C's past Bucks in 2018 playoff opener

If you're a Boston fan missing NBA basketball, we have good news: You can watch the Celtics on Wednesday night.

The 2019-20 NBA season is still on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. But to fill the hoops void, NBC Sports Boston is re-airing some of the team's most memorable games as part of its "Classic Celtics" series.

On the docket for Wednesday? Game 1 of Boston's 2018 first-round playoff series with the Milwaukee Bucks, in which the Celtics won an overtime thriller at TD Garden to take a 1-0 series lead.

Here are a few reasons to watch Boston's 113-107 victory:

- Terry Rozier drops 23 points while outplaying Eric Bledsoe in the first installment of what would be a series-long beef between the two point guards.

- Bucks sharpshooter Khris Middleton hits a game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation to stun the Celtics and force overtime.

- The Celtics grind it out in overtime thanks to strong play from veteran Al Horford (team-high 24 points).

The action all starts at 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Boston. You can also watch the game in the MyTeams app and online at NBCSportsBoston.com.

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.