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It's only early August, but it's not too early to start making plans for the fall and winter.

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The schedule won't be announced until 6 pm EST, but the Herald's Steve Bulpett has a sneak peek at some key dates:

We heard earlier today about Kevin Garnett's return to the Garden on Opening Day, but we'll have to wait over a month for Paul Pierce to come home. Check back at this post when the entire season is revealed.

UPDATE:

The 2014-15 Celtics' schedule has been released. Here's some highlights.

  • Kevin Love flirted with the city two and a half months ago and Boston will get a chance to boo the new Cav on November 14th.
  • There are 18 back-to-backs this season, including a home-and-home with Paul Pierce and the Wizards in early December, a five-games-in-seven-nights stretch on the west coast in January, and five back-to-backs in March alone.
  • If anybody was expecting National TV Rondo, there's only one game scheduled on ESPN.  It's January 14th at TD Garden vs. the Hawks.  For what it's worth, he suffered his ACL tear in Atlanta a year and a half ago.
  • Remember Birthdaygate last season when Rondo stayed in Los Angeles instead of travelling with the team to Sacramento for a game he was scheduled to sit out?  The Celtics play the Lakers on NBATV February 22nd on you guessed it: Rondo's birthday.
  • With the league extending All Star Weekend, the Celtics will have eight days off for the festivities (and only two games over two weeks in mid-February).
  • The Celtics open the season with a murderers' row of a schedule: Brooklyn, Houston, Dallas, Toronto, Indiana, Chicago, Oklahoma City, and Cleveland.  That stretch is followed by two games by non-playoff teams Phoenix and Philadelphia followed by Memphis, Portland, Chicago, and San Antonio.  That's a tough start for a team bringing in at least five new faces.
  • The trade deadline is on February 19th (at the end of ASW) and right before the team heads out west for a three game roadie.  If major changes are going to rock the roster, leaving town might be the best thing for the team.