Just one more quick post today, because I've got an end-of-Celtics-season project that needs to be finished for tomorrow. It's called "Celtics Yearbook" and should be fun. In the meantime this.
There's a lot of talk about how the Celtics should or will approach tomorrow night's game with the Bucks. On one hand, there's still an opportunity to earn home court in the first round. And when you consider that the Bucks have nothing to play for, while Atlanta's opponent Dallas has a lot more to play for and a lot more to play with, there's a pretty good chance for the C's to sneak ahead. That is, if they care to.
Because the other side of the argument is this: Who needs home court? The Celtics can beat Atlanta regardless of where they play the first two games. Instead, it's more important for Rondo, KG, Pietrus, Stiemsma and hopefully Ray Allen to be ready and rested for the Hawks in Game 1 than to break their backs against Milwaukee in Game 66. And I agree.
But I'll say this: If we're worried about one regular season game setting any of these guys back and legitimately affecting their playoff health andor availability, then how can we ever expect them to hold up over a seven game series? Or two seven game series? Or, if we're serious about Boston potentially sneaking back in the Finals, three? You know what I mean?
So, I say they go for it. Bring out the big guns tomorrow against the Bucks every one but Ray Allen. Get them all re-accustomed to the game plan, and back on the same page. Head into the playoffs with a little bit of rhythm.
And hopefully, with home court.
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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