Report: Celtics to face Lakers in home-and-home

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Report: Celtics to face Lakers in home-and-home

WALTHAM The NBA schedule isn't supposed to come out until Tuesday night, but that hasn't stopped its contents from being leaked in advance.

CSNNE.com reported yesterday that the C's will play at Miami on Dec. 27, just two days after opening the season at New York. And for those planning to see the Green Team as soon as the calendar flips, CSNNE.com has learned you'll have to trek to the nation's capital as the Celtics play at Washington on Jan. 1.

In other Celtics-related scheduling news, the (Memphis, Tenn.) Commercial-Appeal reported that Boston would host former Celtic Tony Allen and the Memphis Grizzlies on Feb. 5.

And although no date was given, the Los Angeles Times reports that the Celtics and Lakers will each face the other on their respective home floor this season.

Because of the condensed 66-game schedule courtesy of the NBA lockout, there will be some teams that the Celtics won't face at all this season, or won't face nearly as often as they have in past years.

Rasheed Wallace shows KG his amazing Doc Rivers impression

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Rasheed Wallace shows KG his amazing Doc Rivers impression

By Dane Carbaugh, NBCSports.com Pro Basketball Talk

Rasheed Wallace is a man of many talents. Playing basketball. Getting ejected. Helping the disenfranchised. Throwing towels. He’s a Renaissance man, really.

Oh, and apparently he does a spot-on Doc Rivers impersonation.

During a segment on Kevin Garnett’s “Area 21” TV show, Wallace not only brought attention to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, but was able to emulate the Los Angeles Clippers coach strikingly well. It came while Wallace was breaking down Rivers recent explosion and ejection from a game against the Brooklyn Nets, an outburst for which he was fined $15,000.

From the Area 21 Twitter page:

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while everybody in New England is in mourning over the latest Gronk booboo. 

*A pretty neat sharpshooting video with Jonathan Toews and that young whippersnapper Auston Matthews squaring off against each other. 

*Craig Custance looks a little deeper into the situation with the Florida Panthers and how things are stabilizing after the rough firing of Gerard Gallant last week. 

*Now. let’s get to the real important stuff: the San Jose Sharks website has put together their Movember rankings for the player’s mustaches. 

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Garrioch says that the plans for an outdoor game in Ottawa are again back on the NHL’s agenda. 

*Erik Erlendsson has put together a “Lightning Insider” website where you can find all the latest news about the Tampa Bay franchise. Check it out. 

*As guys such as Anton Khudobin prove when they’re thrust into the starting spot, backup goalies matter in today’s NHL. 

*For something completely different: a mash-up of Kylo Ren and “Girls” from the mad mind of Adam Driver is exactly just that.