HOUSTON Kevin Garnett tried his best to unwind this weekend.
He really did.
But as hard as he tried to focus on letting his hair down (which is funny sounding when used as a description for a totally bald dude), there was this nagging thought that would never quite go away.
It was the upcoming road trip that begins Tuesday in Denver.
"Everything was cool (during All-Star weekend)," Garnett said after the East lost 143-138 to the Western Conference all-stars. "But in the back of my mind, thinking about Denver on Tuesday and Lakers on Wednesday and the schedule and what it's about to be in the second half."
Boston opens with the Nuggets and Lakers, two teams that the C's beat during their recent run of eight victories in the last nine games.
But each of those games was against a Rajon Rondo-less roster that teams had not really seen for an extended period of time.
The Celtics will now face teams that have seen first-hand how different they are without Rondo, and will likely make adjustments accordingly to try and slow down Boston's momentum.
"Mentally you have to be ready for Denver," Garnett said. "Their pace is incredible, especially at home. We just have to be ready. That's what it is."
BOSTON – Regardless of what the Celtics do in the offseason, there will always be position battles in training camp.
But when the players arrive in a few weeks, a handful will have more at stake than just a roster spot.
Boston currently has 18 players with full or partially guaranteed contracts, a number that has to be pared down to 15 or less by the time the regular season begins.
The math is pretty cut and dry. Barring a trade, at least three players have to be let go.
But who will they be?
That’s for Brad Stevens and the rest of the Celtics brass to figure out.
In the meantime, here’s a look at five Celtics who, barring a trade, are likely to be among the pool of players Boston will be picking from for what should be the last couple of roster spots.
New England fans will get their first glimpse at the 2016-2017 Boston Celtics when they kick off their preseason schedule on October 4 against the Philadelphia 76ers at UMass-Amherst’s Mullins Center.
That game will feature two of the top three picks in last month’s draft as Ben Simmons, the top overall pick, will face Jaylen Brown, who was drafted by the Celtics with the third overall pick.
Boston’s 7-game schedule features no back-to-back games, but they do face the Charlotte Hornets in their second and third preseason games on Oct. 6 (in Greensboro, N.C.) and Oct. 8 at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Here’s a look at Boston’s full preseason schedule:
DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME
Oct. 4 Philadelphia 76ers UMass-Amherst Mullins Center (Amherst, MA) 7:00 p.m. ET
Oct. 6 Charlotte Hornets Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, NC) 7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 8 Charlotte Hornets Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, CT) 3:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 13 Brooklyn Nets Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY) 7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 15 New York Knicks Madison Square Garden (New York, NY) 7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 17 Brooklyn Nets TD Garden (Boston, MA) 7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 19 New York Knicks TD Garden (Boston, MA) 7:30 p.m. ET