Celtics-less Christmas for first time since 2008

Celtics-less Christmas for first time since 2008
December 20, 2013, 7:45 pm
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WALTHAM, Mass. — Just as you could bank on presents being unwrapped on Christmas, the same could be said for the Boston Celtics having a game that day.

Boston has played on Christmas Day every year since 2008.

Not this year, not with this expected to be a down year after the Celtics traded away Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in the summer; not with the Celtics yet to get a single game played out of Rajon Rondo who was recently cleared for full contact practice after having had surgery in February to repair a torn right ACL injury.

Only a handful of teams each season are allowed to play on Christmas Day, based in large part on how they are expected to play and of course, the size of the market and the interest level a team is anticipated having.

By no means does it serve as a precursor for who the top teams are during the season.

Of the 10 teams that will play on Christmas, almost half (four) currently have a losing record.

But there are positives that can come about with having that day off.

"I certainly would love for the Celtics to be playing on Christmas Day," said Boston head coach Brad Stevens. "But I don't think anybody in this building is going to mind being with their family and taking the day for the real reason of why we're doing it, and spending time together."