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Post by willjr on Thu Aug 11, 2016 9:36 pm

Newly released NBA schedule has Celtics on national TV 22 times (Sent from BH Sports) http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/celtics_insider/2016/08/newly_released_nba_schedule_has_celtics_on_national_tv_22
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Post by Matty on Thu Aug 11, 2016 10:04 pm

Friday the 13th of January and April 6th (a thursday) boston will b here in atlanta.

Dboss it would be great to see you and bonnie again!
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Post by gyso on Fri Aug 12, 2016 6:45 am

Games in or near Charlotte, NC

Preseason game:

Thu, Oct 6 @ Charlotte  7:00 PM Greensboro Coliseum

Regular season:

Third game of the regular season.
Saturday Oct 29 7:00 PM Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC


Third to last game of the regular season.
Saturday Apr 08 6:00PM  Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC

Symmetrical.  Gotta love it.  Saturday night, both of them.  WOOHOO!!!

Regular Season Schedule:


http://www.nba.com/celtics/schedule/

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Post by gyso on Fri Aug 12, 2016 7:12 am

http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/8/11/12445598/boston-celtics-2016-2017-season-schedule-released-nba

The NBA released its 2016-2017 regular season schedule Thursday, with the Celtics slated for 22 national television games on ESPN, TNT and ABC. They will open their season on Wednesday October 26th, as they host the Brooklyn Nets.

The Celtics will be featured in their first Christmas Day matchup since 2012 when they visit the New York Knicks for a noon matinee, as first reported by Kevin O’Connor of CelticsBlog The Ringer. They join a Christmas Day lineup that features a Finals rematch and a battle for the Staples Center between the Clippers and Lakers.

Boston will host Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors on Friday November 18, in what will surely be a revenge game for Jae Crowder at the very least. They will face $100 million man LeBron James and the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers for the first time on November 3 when they visit the Q.

Jared Sullinger makes his Boston return with the Toronto Raptors on December 9, while Evan Turner makes his return with the Portland Trail Blazers on January 21. Al Horford will bring the Celtics into Atlanta for his return there on January 13, although there will undoubtedly be as many Celtics fans as Hawks fans in attendance.

The Celtics will visit the Chicago Bulls on Thursday October 27 to open the first TNT double-header of the season, which is followed by the Clippers vs. the Blazers.

Boston has 22 national television games this season after being scheduled for seven last season and one the year before. During the Big Three era, the Celtics averaged 22.3 national TV games per season according to The Sports Hub’s Sean Grande. They play ten games on ESPN, nine on TNT and three on ABC (Super Bowl Sunday February 5 vs. Clippers; Sunday March 12 vs. Bulls; and Sunday April 2 vs. Knicks.)

The Celtics will host the Pistons in the second edition of TNT’s new Monday night lineup, a nice new wrinkle after decades of TNT sticking to Thursday night broadcasts.

They will host the Clippers for what could be Paul Pierce’s final game in the Garden in the traditional Super Bowl Sunday matinee. They will visit Toronto the day after the trade deadline on February 24. Kawhi Leonard’s San Antonio Spurs will visit the Garden full of stuffing for the annual post-Thanksgiving day game.

They will play 17 back-to-backs this season. Each of their games in Cleveland will be on one leg of a back-to-back. One of these back-to-backs is unique, as they will host the Philadelphia 76ers and New Orleans Pelicans on January 6th and 7th. A home-stand back-to-back is unheard of. They will have a six-game home-stand March 20 through March 31 when they host the Wizards, Pacers, Suns, Heat, Bucks and Magic.

The Celtics will have a pair of West coast swings surrounding the All-Star break, as they visit Sacramento, Portland, Utah and Dallas in their first trip and then the Lakers, Suns, Clippers, Warriors and Nuggets to start March.

They close out the regular season with a gauntlet week of Eastern Conference teams fighting for playoff seeding. They host the Cavs on Wednesday April 5 and then fly straight away to Atlanta for a crucial second leg of a back-to-back. They then head up the road to Charlotte for their last road game of the year. They finish off the season with a home-stand starting with a crucial game against #NetsPick and a team who could be fighting for a playoff spot in the Milwaukee Bucks.

Teams typically play each team in their conference four times, although in the modern scheduling system, there are a few teams with whom that is reduced to three matchups. This year for the Celtics, those teams are Atlanta, Indiana, Orlando and Milwaukee.

The Celtics will get a tough test early in December, as they play 16 games, with 10 of them on the road. This includes games in Cleveland, Oklahoma, San Antonio, Houston New York on Xmas, Indiana, Memphis, Miami, Orlando and Philadelphia.

They are rewarded with an easier schedule in January, where they play only 14 games, with just four of them out of town.

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Post by worcester on Fri Aug 12, 2016 8:22 am

Rose is not a Bull.
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Post by gyso on Fri Aug 12, 2016 8:47 am

worcester wrote:Rose is not a Bull.

Yeah.

— Rajon Rondo, Derrick Rose Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls on Nov. 2;

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Post by gyso on Fri Aug 12, 2016 8:55 am

I vaguely remember that we have a couple members that live in NC, maybe over in the Raleigh-Durham area.  Are any of you guys (and significant others, relatives, etc.) interested in the pre-season game in Greensboro?

My wife and I will be attending and would enjoy meeting more members of this board.

Also, both regular season games occur on Saturday nights (see above).  Maybe we can plan a board get-together as we have done in the past.  Dinner, a game and then brunch on Sunday morning.

Anyone interested?

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Post by bobheckler on Fri Aug 12, 2016 9:20 am

17 back-to-backs is the fewest number in the Stevens Era.

The league, moving the pieces on the board to give the Celtics more national games. When we sucked they didn't care when, where or how soon we played.


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Post by wideclyde on Fri Aug 12, 2016 10:59 am

Good to see more of the Cs on national TV, but no one can blame the networks for not showing much of our team when we were only winning 20 or so games.

Speaking of the Cs on TV, does anyone know anything about the NBATV plans to have a package where you can just purchase the Cs games for next season?

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Post by dboss on Fri Aug 12, 2016 11:27 am

Matty wrote:Friday  the 13th of January and April 6th (a thursday) boston will b here in atlanta.

Dboss it would be great to see you and bonnie again!

Matty..let's book that one.

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Post by dboss on Fri Aug 12, 2016 11:29 am

gyso wrote:I vaguely remember that we have a couple members that live in NC, maybe over in the Raleigh-Durham area.  Are any of you guys (and significant others, relatives, etc.) interested in the pre-season game in Greensboro?

My wife and I will be attending and would enjoy meeting more members of this board.

Also, both regular season games occur on Saturday nights (see above).  Maybe we can plan a board get-together as we have done in the past.  Dinner, a game and then brunch on Sunday morning.

Anyone interested?

gyso

Sounds like a nice RD trip... when will they be in NC?

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Post by dboss on Fri Aug 12, 2016 11:34 am

the 6th is on a Thursday for one of the NC Games
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Post by gyso on Fri Aug 12, 2016 12:28 pm

gyso wrote:Games in or near Charlotte, NC

Preseason game:

Thu, Oct 6 @ Charlotte  7:00 PM Greensboro Coliseum

Regular season:

Third game of the regular season.
Saturday Oct 29 7:00 PM Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC


Third to last game of the regular season.
Saturday Apr 08 6:00PM  Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC

Symmetrical.  Gotta love it.  Saturday night, both of them.  WOOHOO!!!

Regular Season Schedule:


http://www.nba.com/celtics/schedule/

dboss, these are the games in or near Charlotte.

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Post by gyso on Fri Aug 12, 2016 12:31 pm

dboss wrote:
Matty wrote:Friday  the 13th of January and April 6th (a thursday) boston will b here in atlanta.

Dboss it would be great to see you and bonnie again!

Matty..let's book that one.  

dboss

Depending on time and money, we may be interested in going to the January game. Don't hold up buying tickets, we won't know until after Christmas.

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Post by dboss on Fri Aug 12, 2016 2:04 pm

gyso

Third game of the regular season.
Saturday Oct 29 7:00 PM Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC

I like this one. Any game however that falls on a Saturday works for me.

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Post by gyso on Sat Aug 13, 2016 12:52 pm

Predicting the Celtics schedule: two steps forward, one step back, but still moving forward

http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/8/12/12449966/boston-celtics-schedule-breakdown

After a grueling start to the season, the Celtics should finish strong and earn the second seed in the East.

In ESPN’s Celtics Summer Forecast, I predicted the Celtics to finish second in the East with a 53-29 record and yes, represent the conference in the NBA Finals. I wrote:

The Celtics will be bigger, faster and stronger next season. Danny Ainge replaced Sullinger with Horford and Stevens will look to inject youth into the lineup with Brown and Rozier filling that Turner-sized hole in the rotation. They'll be better on both ends of the floor with a versatile roster that can score anywhere on the floor and guard the likes of LeBron James and Steph Curry with multiple players. A five-game improvement doesn't seem like a big bump, but that should be good enough for the No. 2 seed in the East.

Let's set aside the idea that a big trade is coming because, as is, this is a team that can make it to the NBA Finals. The East has flattened out and the champs are weaker. More importantly, Boston improved dramatically this summer. There's a reason whyKevin Durant had the Celtics on his dance card. They have specific plans on how to beat the league's best with defensive versatility and unselfishness on offense. And yeah, they can still strike a deal between now and the February trade deadline and get even better.

Per Jae Crowder’s admission, the team has a very specific game plan to beat the best in the league, and if you believe the recent rumors about a possible trade for Nerlens Noel, the Cs are still looking to get better before training camp opens in less than two months. However, the team still has 82 games—yes, Larry, 41 at home and 41 away—to play and anything can happen.

The schedule came out yesterday, and Jared put together some of the highlights. At the macro level, it’s a schedule of imbalance. While there are fewer back-to-backs (17), and the team gets a big bump in national exposure with 22 games on national TV, the first two months of the season are brutal. The Celtics don’t have a home stand longer than two games in October, November, and December, and 20 out of their first 34 games are on the road. That makes for a nice home stretch to close out 2016-2017, but the team could struggle out of the gate.

However, according to ESPN Insider Bradford Doolittle, the Celtics do have the easiest schedule in terms of rest and opponent:

The Celtics get plenty of the Knicks, Nets, and Sixers. Seven of their 17 back-to-backs finish in Boston. They have 17 long-rest games and their 25 games with rest advantage ranks third. It all adds up.

And for what it’s worth (a lottery pick in a heralded draft), the Nets have the toughest schedule.

At the micro level, I like to break down the schedule into 4-6 game chunks with the mindset that if the team can win two out of every three games, you’re looking at a 50+ win season and hosting a first round series in the playoffs. Let’s see how the schedule shakes out (bold represents back-to-backs):

Brooklyn, @Chicago, @Charlotte, Chicago, @Cleveland: That’s a doozy of a first five games with two back-to-backs. Beating Brooklyn is a must-win, and that mini-series with Chicago is a good barometer of how the team adjusts, but that back-end game in Cleveland should be circled on everybody’s calendar. (3-2)

Denver, @Washington, New York, @Indiana, @New Orleans: Split the EC road games and win at home and I’ll be happy. (7-3)

Dallas, Golden State, @Detroit, @Minnesota, @Brooklyn, San Antonio: I’m really looking forward to seeing how Brad Stevens game plans against the Warriors and Spurs. They’re polar opposites of each other, and the team’s versatility could really be tested. (11-5)

@Miami, Detroit, Sacramento, @Philadelphia, @Houston, @Orlando: They’ll have to crisscross the country on this six-game stretch, but they won’t face any elite teams. (15-7)

Toronto, @Oklahoma City, @San Antonio, Charlotte: Just win the home games. (17-9)

@Miami, @Memphis, @Indiana, Oklahoma City, @New York: This block scares me. They’ll be travelling a bunch before heading into that Christmas game at Madison Square Garden. I’ll take a 2-3 record, but let’s beat the Knicks when I’m opening presents and show Russell Westbrook what he’s missing when he’s in town. (19-12)

Memphis, @Cleveland, Miami, Utah, Philadelphia, New Orleans: It’ll be the Celtics’ first home stand that’s longer than two games. (23-14)

@Toronto, Washington, @Atlanta, Charlotte, New York, Portland: A nice stretch of TD Garden cooking will help the team finish strong heading into All-Star weekend. Welcome back, Evan. This used to be your playground, Al. (28-15)

@Washington, Houston, Orlando, @Milwaukee: The dreaded four games in five nights. Thankfully, they’ll be at home for three of those nights, but that’s still a speed bump in the schedule, and the Celtics will have to rely on their depth. (31-16)

Detroit, Toronto, LAL, LAC: Beat LA. (35-16)

@Sacramento, @Portland, @Utah, @Dallas, Philadelphia, @Chicago: The Celtics’ first West coast trip of the season comes right before ASW. Teams tend to show some wear and tear in February, and trade rumors could rattle a few of the younger players. Going .500 would be nice. (38-19)

@Toronto, @Detroit, Atlanta, Cleveland: The first four games after the trade deadline are against four teams that could be vying for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Let’s split ‘em. (40-21)

@LAL, @Phoenix, @LAC, @Golden State, @Denver: The second left coast swing. They should win three games out west, but I can see fatigue setting in after a 12-out-of-15-games-on-the-road stretch will catch up with them. (43-23)

Chicago, Minnesota, @Brooklyn, @Philadelphia, Washington: Thankfully, when teams start to jockey for position in March and April, the Celtics hit a soft part of their schedule (finally). (47-24)

Indiana, Phoenix, Miami, Milwaukee, Orlando: Cruise control. (51-25)

@New York, Cleveland, @Atlanta, @Charlotte, Brooklyn, Milwaukee: The #2 seed will probably still be in contention in the final two weeks of the season, but Stevens could elect to rest players heading into the playoffs. 3-3 sounds like stumbling to close out, but just beat the Nets for sure, always and forever and ever. (54-28)

Fifty four wins is just about winning two-thirds of your games. There are some really tough stretches in the schedule this season, but as long as they can keep their head above water and maintain their brilliance in back-to-backs, there’s no reason this team can’t be the clear cut second best team in the Eastern Conference.

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Post by bobheckler on Sat Aug 13, 2016 1:10 pm

Here is the Celtics' 2016-2017 season in printable, save-able pdf format:


http://www.csnne.com/sites/csnne/files/2016_celtics_printable_calendar_v5.pdf



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