By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com Celtics Insider
Follow @sherrodbcsn BOSTON Even though all indications are that the NBA will miss games for the first time since the lockout-shortened 1998-1999 season because of the labor battle between league owners and players, the league released the full 2011-2012 schedule on Tuesday.
The Celtics, who were knocked off in the second round of the playoffs by the Miami Heat, are scheduled to kick off the season at home vs. Cleveland on Nov. 2.
Boston will play its next two games on the road against Atlanta (Nov. 4) and Indiana (Nov. 5), respectively.
Other highlights of the Celtics' schedule include:
Nov. 16 at Miami.
Dec. 25 at New York, which the Celtics swept in the first round of the playoffs last season.
Jan. 11 vs. defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks at TD Garden.
Jan. 16 vs. Oklahoma City which will be the first time the C's will face former Celtic Kendrick Perkins since he was traded to the Thunder in February.
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BOSTON – The Boston Celtics made one more roster move on Friday, but not the one many were anticipating.
Instead of trimming the training camp roster down to 15 players, the Celtics expanded it by signing Ryan Kelly.
The 6-foot-11 forward appeared in six games for the Atlanta Hawks during the preseason, averaging 4.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.
A former second round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2013, Kelly has appeared in 147 games with career averages of 6.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.
Boston already has a stacked roster at the power forward/center position, which is why they decided to waive second round pick and former Providence College star Ben Bentil earlier on Friday.
The addition of Kelly, on the surface at least, doesn't make a lot of sense.
But the Celtics are trying to build a team for the present while keeping an eye on the future.
When the Celtics waived Bentil, they did so with the knowledge that he was unlikely to sign with their Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.
But with Kelly, the veteran big man will likely wind up with the Red Claws which will allow the Celtics to get a closer look at him without impacting their roster status which is currently at 16, one above the league-maximum.
The final roster spot will come down to James Young and R.J. Hunter. The Celtics have until 5 p.m. Monday to make a decision, a decision that team officials have repeatedly said in recent days will come down to the wire.
A. Sherrod Blakely joins SNC to break down the likelihood of the Celtics having to cut a former-first round pick to make their final roster.