[insert cliché about 41 games at home and 41 games on the road something something Larry Bird]
Some details of the schedule were released a little before today. We already knew about Boston’s Christmas Day matchup against the Toronto Raptors (which we now know will be the first game of the day at noon), and we knew that Kyrie Irving is scheduled to make his return to Boston on November 27th. Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Kemba Walker will return to Charlotte for the first time as a visitor on November 7th.
Charania also reported earlier in the day that the Celtics will play on Martin Luther King Jr. Day against the new-look Los Angeles Lakers.
Here are some additional schedule highlights:
- Boston has 10 national TNT games, which might surprise some considering how bleak the offseason looked at one point.
- The Celtics will tip off the season on Wednesday October 23rd against the Philadelphia 76ers (again)
- Boston’s first regular season home game will be on October 25th against the defending champions, the Toronto Raptors
- Boston’s first look against the team that bounced them out last season – the Milwaukee Bucks – will come on October 30th at home.
- Al Horford will make his return to Boston on December 12th
- Boston has a 5-game road trip in November that features a visit to the Golden State Warriors’ new arena – the Chase Center
- Terry Rozier returns to Boston on December 22nd (after coming back for the first preseason game)
- The Celtics will play 25 games total on National TV
In conclusion, the Celtics will be playing basketball next season. Start planning your vacation days, flights and wallet to get your tickets, which typically go on sale in September. We’ll have more on the schedule and what to look forward to this season, so keep it locked here on CelticsBlog.