OFFSEASON

One Shining Moment: The Second Quarter

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One Shining Moment: The Second Quarter

If you'd like to find a bright spot in Boston's Game 1 loss, there's only place to look:

The second quarter.

The Celtics won the second by 10 point last night, and lost by a combined 24 in the other three. They scored 35 points in the second quarter and averaged 14.6 in the other three. In the second quarter, they played like a team that just might shock the world they played like sad pretenders in the other three.

And while it was only one quarter, that quarter was real. It did happen. Over that one 12-minute span the Celtics proved that they have what it takes to combat the Heat attack. That they can play with the Heat.

Certainly that only goes so far. After all, the Hawks proved they could play with the Celtics. The Sixers certainly proved they could play with the Celtics. And that's not doing either of them one damn bit good right now.

But in a game like last night's, you'll take the bright spots when you find them, and Game 1 was all about the second quarter. So, how did the Celtics succeed in that frame?

Not to oversimplify things, but they made their shots. The C's went 4-4 from three in the second, while going 0-10 in the other three quarters. They also got to the rim, making seven lay-ups. They also moved the ball, registering assists on eight of their 12 made field goals. And while it's impossible to expect the Celtics to play at the level all the time they probably have to miss a three pointer once in a while last night's second quarter is still a very realistic glimpse of what the Celtics can do when they can make a few shots, and a legitimate reason to stay relatively optimistic heading into tomorrow.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

OFFSEASON

Who will make the Celtics roster?

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Who will make the Celtics roster?

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.

OFFSEASON

Boston Celtics announce 2016 preseason schedule

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Boston Celtics announce 2016 preseason schedule

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