Wednesday, August 12, 2015

2015-16 Boston Celtics Schedule is Here

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Finally! The Boston Celtics schedule was released this evening and we now know how the teams 82 game season will look like. It is a welcoming sight for Celtics and NBA fans around the country as the doldrums of August are among us. But now it is time to break out of the summer funk and let the speculation of records, match-ups, and marquee games begin!

Click here for the entire 2015-2016 Boston Celtics Schedule.

Lets start from the top the Celtics are kicking off the league with a sure fire win against the 76ers at the Garden on October 28. That's the first of the three game home stand to start the season. San Antonio on a Sunday matinee game to end the first home stand of the year should be great. 

The Celtics will look to get revenge on the Cleveland Cavaliers for the sweep out of the playoffs last spring but will have to wait until December 15. The Cavs will travel to the Garden that night in what will be one of the loudest crowds of the year for sure. 

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As I scan the schedule a few stretches jump out at me. 

The first real tough stretch of the schedule is a week in November that I will call the Atlanta sandwich.  First Friday the 13th they get the Hawks at home, then @Oklahoma City, @ Houston, vs. Dallas (home), Brooklyn (home),@Brooklyn, then @Atlanta. Thats a brutal stretch of 7 games in 10 days of playoff hopeful teams. This will be the first true challenge of the season for Brad Stevens and the Celtics.  We should know by then if this team is for real after this stretch. 

The second hardest and definitely the most oddly timed stretch of the schedule is the West Coast road trip that happens at the end of March. As the season dwindles down the Celtics really got shafted with a very difficult trip. The Celtics have to travel to Phoenix, then L.A. Clippers, Portland, Golden State, then back to L.A. to take on the Lakers. That is not only a really tough stretch but could hurt the Celtics playoff chances/seeding depending on how they fare in these five games. 

Of course there are the reunions that all Celtics fans will have circled on the schedule. 
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  • Kevin Garnett makes his only appearance back with the T-Wolves on December 21.
  • Brandon Bass returns Dec 30 with the L.A. Lakers. (tribute video or no?)
  • Rajon Rondo makes his triumphant return with Sacramento on February 7 (SUPERBOWL SUNDAY.)
  • Paul Pierce, Doc Rivers and the Clippers  come back to Boston for to what will be yet another emotional return on February 10. 
Some more notes on the Schedule ;
  • The Celtics will travel to Mexico City on Dec 3rd to take on the Sacramento Kings in what will be a very interesting venue and match up. 
  • No Christmas day game for the Celtics but they do play the day after @Detroit, then come back home to take on the Knicks in Boston on the 27th. 
  • Celtics will play two "home in home" series against Brooklyn this year. They play home and then away both times. Very odd quirk to the schedule. 
  • Finish off the year @Atlanta. Should be a game that means something to one of the teams. 
There you have it. That is the schedule. Just the schedule, now back to watching endless deflate gate coverage and counting down the days until tip off vs Philly. Only 76 days away!!!!

-Sean Dutra
@seandutra on twitter

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