The Celtics may be in rebuilding mode, but the 2014-15 season features plenty of must-see games. From the new look Cleveland Cavaliers, who now feature LeBron James, to the Oklahoma City Thunder, who boast the reigning MVP in Kevin Durant, this upcoming Celtics season should be entertaining for fans.
Here are the five home games I'm most looking forward to this season:
Wednesday, November 12 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: The reigning MVP of the league makes his only trip to Boston early in the season. Last season Celtics fans were robbed of the opportunity to see Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook at TD Garden. Durant was given a night off for rest and Westbrook was injured. Considering Durant sat out OKC's game in Boston last season, doesn't he pretty much owe it to Celtics fans to play this time around?
Friday, November 14 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: So many reasons to be pumped for this game. LeBron James' first trip to Boston since bolting Miami and signing with Cleveland. Great point guard matchup between Rajon Rondo and Kyrie Irving. But the biggest reason to be fired up for this game? It'll be the first chance for Celtics fans to boo Kevin Love, who toyed with their emotions this offseason only to get traded (if the deal goes through) to Cleveland. How dare Love visit the city and raise hope in Celtics Nation? I predict he will be booed early and often. The Cavs also make an appearance in Boston on Sunday, April 12. By that time maybe the disdain for Love will have died down.
Friday, November 28 vs. Chicago Bulls: The Bulls are back. After a couple of good but not great seasons, the Bulls should challenge for the Eastern Conference crown once again. They upgraded by getting rid of Carlos Boozer and bringing in Pau Gasol. They drafted Dougie McBuckets. And oh yeah, for the first time in more than two seasons Derrick Rose is completely healthy. A Rose-Rondo matchup on the day after Thanksgiving is something fans should be thankful for.
Sunday, December 7 vs. Washington Wizards: Any time Paul Pierce returns to face the Celtics it's reason to watch. One of the greatest Celtics of all time comes back to the Garden for the first time as a member of the Washington Wizards. Emotions won't be running as high as when he came back to the Garden as a visitor for the first time last January, and there probably won't be a tribute video this time around either. But for 15 seasons, Pierce was the face of the Celtics and he'll always hold a special place in the hearts of fans.
Friday, December 19 vs. Minnesota: I know. I'm crazy for looking forward to a December game against the Timberwolves. But hear me out. Minnesota will once again miss the postseason but it will still feature (if the trade goes through) one of the most promising players in the league in Andrew Wiggins. Mark my words. Wiggins will be a flat-out stud, an All-Star for many years to come. He's explosive, can get to the basket at will, and will be a lock-down defender. Get your tickets to this game while you can because the Timberwolves only come to Boston once, and there's no doubt in my mind Wiggins will put on a show.
Honorable Mention: Wednesday, October 29 vs. Nets (season opener vs. KG); Friday, December 5 vs. Lakers (my favorite rivalry in all of sports); Monday, January 12 vs. Pelicans (Anthony Davis averaged 31.5 points and 15 rebounds against Boston last year), and Sunday, March 29 vs. Clippers (Doc Rivers back in Boston as Clippers coach).