The NBA, and more importantly, our Boston Celtics, have released their 2013-14 schedule. To no one’s surprise, our beloved C’s are not in the limelight as much this coming season. No game on Christmas and only three games on national television. Here are the highlights:
Boston will open the season on the road in Toronto on 10/30. Celtics-Raps begins the 2013-14 campaign for both teams, with tip-off coming at 7pm EST. The home opener comes two days later, as the C’s square off against the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden on Friday 11/1.
Easily the most anticipated game of the year happens on Sunday Jan. 26th, 2014. That’s when Paul Pierce & Kevin Garnett make their return to Boston. This will be one of just three (according to NBA.com) nationally-televised games (all on ESPN) for the Celtics this season. The other two are when Denver visits Beantown on 12/6 and when Boston travels to L.A. to face the Lakers on 2/21.
Other notables, Doc Rivers and the Clippers come to town on 12/11, Kobe Bryant and the rival Lakers make their annual visit on 1/17, and Miami makes just one visit to TD Garden this year-the Heat trek to Boston on 3/19. The Celtics visit Miami twice: 11/9 & 1/21. The Celtics first meeting with Melo, Artest & the rest of the Knicks comes on 12/8 at Madison Square Garden. They then face Truth & Ticket for the first time since the trade in Brooklyn two days later on 12/10.
According to John’s count, the Celtics play 19 back-to-backs. We then had a sober person recount, and the actual number is 20. The C’s also open the season on a very rough stretch:
November is a tough month: 5 game/7 night stretch in 1st full week. MIA on 2nd night of b-2-b. Also, a Rockets/Spurs b-2-b on the road.
— John Karalis (@RedsArmy_John) August 6, 2013