Later today, the NBA will release the schedule for the ’14-’15 season. Reports have already begun to emerge as to who will play who on the Christmas Day games. To nobody’s surprise two of the matchups rumored for Christmas are the Oklahoma City Thunder vs the San Antonio Spurs and the Cleveland Cavaliers vs the Miami Heat, in LeBron James’ return to Miami. The Celtics are unlikely to play on Christmas, and for that matter, unlikely to have any nationally-televised games.
There’s no hyped-up Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett return this year. The Celtics mini-rivalries with Miami and Chicago have died because the Celtics have fallen from contention. But there are still a couple of things to watch out for.
West Coast Road Trips
As with all Eastern Conference teams, the Celtics are likely to get a stretch of at least 4 games that sees them on the road on the West Coast (likely against Portland, Golden State, Sacramento, both LA teams, and Seattle hehe). The NBA does this to limit travel problems flying coast to coast.
The West Coast trip(s) will likely result in a lot of losses for the Celtics, but at least we won’t have to hear Tommy Heinsohn for a week or so, seeing as he only does road games now in cities relatively close to Boston.
Lakers, Hornets, Magic
A lot of Celtics fans wanted the team to draft Aaron Gordon, Julius Randle, or Noah Vonleh. We’ll get at least one chance to see all of them.
When the tough games are.
For the Celtics, every game is likely to be a tough game. But take note of when we play the majority of the contenders on the schedule. Is it before or after the trade deadline?
The Celtics plan isn’t likely to be impacted much by their early season record but a weak early schedule could provide a surprising record early on, which could cause fans to rethink this whole rebuild thing. We saw this last year with the Celtics starting 12-14.
Check back later on as we’ll have more breakdowns once the schedule is actually released.