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Under-the-radar good games on next season's Celtics home schedule

Under-the-radar good games on next season's Celtics home schedule

When the Celtics' 2019-20 schedule was released on Monday afternoon, attention naturally focused on the biggest games on their slate.

From Kyrie Irving's return (if he's not dealing with "load management"), to the first visit for the LeBron-AD Lakers, to games against the probable big dogs in the East (Philadelphia, Milwaukee), there are a bunch of must-see games that headline the C's schedule.

But over the course of an 82-game season, there are a bunch of intriguing matchups that deserve attention, even if they won't get a ton of hype.

A. Sherrod Blakely takes a closer look at some sneaky good games on the parquet next season.

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Report: Kings 'definitely' have an interest in Al Horford

Report: Kings 'definitely' have an interest in Al Horford

Al Horford is going to be a free agent after declining his player option to remain with the Boston Celtics. It was always expected that he would have a fair amount of suitors, but there was a lot of mystery surrounding who his potential suitors may be.

Now, one has emerged. And it is the Sacramento Kings.

According to Mark Stein of The New York Times, the Kings "definitely" have an interest in Horford and they may consider offering him a deal in the four-year, $100 million range.

The Kings surprised many last year and made a push to earn the eighth seed in the Western Conference. They didn't quite get there, but the team's core of De'Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, and Harrison Barnes (who is a free agent but may re-sign) could continue to grow. Adding Horford, a well-rounded veteran big-man, would give the team a solid veteran on the squad to serve as a leader. So, from that standpoint, it makes sense.

However, per Sam Amick of The Athletic, the Kings are under the impression that Horford will go elsewhere despite their massive offer.

Horford may want to sign with a contender, so if he doesn't view the Kings as a one, then he will probably sign elsewhere, even if they offer the most money.

It's still unclear where Horford may land this offseason, but for the time being, he seems to have a few suitors. And while the Celtics may like to keep him, it may prove to be a bit too difficult and pricey to keep him around.

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Sacramento Kings compare Celtics to random Game of Thrones character

Sacramento Kings compare Celtics to random Game of Thrones character

With "Game of Thrones" mania still sweeping much of the nation, sports teams are trying to capitalize on the hype. The Sacramento Kings attempted to do this on Monday night by comparing every NBA team to a character from the show, but some of their choices were odd, to say the least.

One of the weirdest choices was the character they chose to represent the Celtics. Words don't do the description justice, so here's the tweet from the Kings' official Twitter.

UPDATE: The Kings since have deleted the tweet, so here's a screenshot:

Yes, that is Ed Sheeran, who did make a brief cameo on the show as a Lannister soldier that Arya Stark encountered while traveling to King's Landing. He doesn't do much of note, other than sing a campfire song, so it's unclear why the Kings chose him as the character that represented the Celtics.

Perhaps they're attempting to compare Sheeran to the Celtics' logo, featuring their mascot, Lucky the Leprechaun? But even still, it's odd that they would choose a character that barely was on the show to represent any team.

However, the more egregious part of this is that the Kings compared themselves to Jon Snow, the King in the North. While Snow is a plucky underdog like the current Kings roster, his character arc better follows that of the Celtics, who were underdogs themselves last year and have since risen to potential championship contenders. Snow well could win the game of thrones, much like the Celtics still have a chance at winning the NBA title this year.

And if the Celtics weren't Jon Snow, the Toronto Raptors absolutely would be. Their team slogan is literally "We the North."

The Celtics had a much better "Game of Thrones" comparison last week when they compared Aron Baynes to Tormund Giantsbane. So for the moment, we'll stick with this comparison as our favorite.

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