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Celtics open at Cleveland Oct. 17, play at home vs. Wizards on Christmas Day

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Celtics open at Cleveland Oct. 17, play at home vs. Wizards on Christmas Day

The NBA released its opening night and Christmas schedule and the Celtics open Oct. 17 at Cleveland and host the Washington Wizards on Christmas Day.

The Celtics and Cavs last met in the Eastern Conference finals when the Cavs eliminated the C's in five games. They'll open the season against each other on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. It'll be a slightly different Celtics cast with Gordon Hayward added in free agency, No. 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum making his NBA debut and Avery Bradley and Kelly Olynyk gone via free agency among the changes for Boston.

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As for the Cavs, their big question mark will be whether they'll have All-Star guard Kyrie Irving still playing with LeBron James after they have reached the NBA Finals three years in a row. Irving has asked to be traded.

The 5:30 p.m. Christmas Day home game will be the first Christmas home game for the C's in their history and will offer another playoff rematch. They'll host the Washington Wizards, who lost to Boston in the Eastern Conference semifinals in seven games. New Celtics forward Marcus Morris, acquired from the Detroit Pistons this summer, will get to spend the holiday facing his twin brother Markieff of the Wizards.

The Celtics earlier announced a regular-season game in London Jan. 11 against the Philadelphia 76ers. The full regular season schedule will be released later this month. 



 

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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

As the controversy raged Saturday over President Donald Trump's tweet rescinding the White House invitation to Golden State Warriors' star Stephen Curry, a tweeted photo recalling a simpler time for sports team's presidential visits appeared. 

The nostalgic Twitter account @the_60s_at_50 posted a photo from the Celtics' visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and its principal occupant, John F. Kennedy, on Jan. 31, 1963. JFK had invited his hometown NBA team into the Oval Office for what seemed to be a spur-of-the-moment visit.

A newspaper account of the visit was also posted. The defending NBA champion Celtics were in the Washington area to play the Cincinnati Royals at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House that night and had been taking a tour of the White House when Kennedy invited them in. 

All the team members were there except for star center Bill Russell, who, of course, experienced incidents of racism in Boston that were well-documented. However, Russell's absence was blamed on him oversleeping. His teammates said they didn't know they would meet Kennedy on the tour.  

And yes, that's Celtics legend - and CSN's own - Tommy Heinsohn second from right. Coach Red Auerbach is next to the President on the left, Bob Cousy is next to Auerbach and John Havlicek is the first player in the second row on the left.