Celtics Circuit: 2013-’14 Schedule Released
Since the Boston Celtics are in a rebuilding phase, fans may not be as excited for the release of their schedule. There are some big games on the calendar.
On December 10th, the Celtics will meet Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry for the first time in Brooklyn. This summer, the Celtics shipped Garnett, Pierce, and Terry to the Brooklyn Nets. Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers make their only appearance in Boston on the following night (December 11th). Garnett, Pierce, and Terry return to the Garden on January 26th for a 6:30 PM tipoff. The Celtics and Nets will also play in Boston on March 7th.
The Celtics have two road trips to the Pacific time zone. Their initial journey is from January 5th to January 11th. Four of the five games (Oklahoma City Thunder, Denver Nuggets, Clippers, and Golden State Warriors) are against teams who made the postseason last year. The last trip to the West comes after the All-Star break from February 19th to February 24th. This trip includes a visit to the Staples Center to play the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers will be in Boston on January 17th, but the Lakers lost Dwight Howard to the Houston Rockets through free agency and Kobe Bryant may not be back from the torn Achilles that he suffered in the final week of the 2012-’13 season.
On March 19th, the defending champion Miami Heat make their first and only appearance in front of the Celtics’ fans.
Former fan favorite and current Warriors assistant coach Brian Scalabrine will be back on March 5th when the Warriros square off against the Celtics.
There are only three games on ESPN and three games on NBATV. The Celtics will not play on Christmas Day after performing for the past five seasons on December 25th.
The Celtics open the regular season in Toronto to take on the Raptors on October 30th. The home opener is on November 1st as the Milwaukee Bucks come to TD Garden.