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Celtics newcomers get first taste of the Garden

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Celtics newcomers get first taste of the Garden

By JessicaCamerato
CSNNE.com

BOSTON - Theres a common thing among the new members of the Boston Celtics.

As they suit up to play their first game in green at TD Garden, they are still soaking up everything that has happened to them in the past week.

Take Troy Murphy as an example. He arrived in Boston yesterday and, as a he prepares to make his Celtics debut, is still processing the new stage in his career.

Im not sure, he laughed when asked how he feels to play his first game in Boston. Its kind of a whirlwind the last couple of days.

Murphy, Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic, and Chris Johnson are getting used to their new surroundings. And as they settle in to the Celtics locker room, they are all anxiously awaiting their first game under the rafters on Wednesday night against the Phoenix Suns.

I know the crowd is going to be amazing, said Green. Ive played here early in my career and it was great. So Im looking forward to being part of it on the good side this time.

The good side.

The newcomers have quickly embraced their new home, with Green and Krstic making references to being in the visitors locker room as if it were years - not days - ago that they were on the opposing team.

Its great. Ive played here before, obviously against Boston, but never in a Boston uniform, said Krstic. Its really a great feeling, but I can just imagine how its going to be when the game starts with the crowd and the arena.

The game aside, simply being in the Celtics locker room has been a special experience for the players.

Just walking into the practice facility and the locker room, all the history thats here is pretty cool, Murphy told CSNNE.com.

Murphy, Green and Krstic have already experienced an NBA franchise before. It was a little different for Johnson, though. The former D-League Dakota Wizard was lying down after practice in Bismarck, North Dakota when he got the call. Days later, he is sitting in a locker next to Ray Allen.

Theres a lot of legends that played here, a lot of tradition here., Johnson said. Also being with guys who you have posters of on your wall growing up, Im very excited right now.

As the newcomers anxiously await their Garden debuts, they share a common sentiment of excitement.

It feels good, said Green. Im ready to be part of this franchise.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter athttp:twitter.comjcameratoNBA

OFFSEASON

Who will make the Celtics roster?

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Who will make the Celtics roster?

BOSTON – Regardless of what the Celtics do in the offseason, there will always be position battles in training camp.

But when the players arrive in a few weeks, a handful will have more at stake than just a roster spot.

Boston currently has 18 players with full or partially guaranteed contracts, a number that has to be pared down to 15 or less by the time the regular season begins.

The math is pretty cut and dry. Barring a trade, at least three players have to be let go.

But who will they be?

That’s for Brad Stevens and the rest of the Celtics brass to figure out.

In the meantime, here’s a look at five Celtics who, barring a trade, are likely to be among the pool of players Boston will be picking from for what should be the last couple of roster spots.

OFFSEASON

Boston Celtics announce 2016 preseason schedule

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Boston Celtics announce 2016 preseason schedule

New England fans will get their first glimpse at the 2016-2017 Boston Celtics when they kick off their preseason schedule on October 4 against the Philadelphia 76ers at UMass-Amherst’s Mullins Center.

That game will feature two of the top three picks in last month’s draft as Ben Simmons, the top overall pick, will face Jaylen Brown, who was drafted by the Celtics with the third overall pick.

Boston’s 7-game schedule features no back-to-back games, but they do face the Charlotte Hornets in their second and third preseason games on Oct. 6 (in Greensboro, N.C.) and Oct. 8 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Here’s a look at Boston’s full preseason schedule:

DATE               OPPONENT                  LOCATION                                                        TIME
Oct. 4               Philadelphia 76ers         UMass-Amherst Mullins Center (Amherst, MA)     7:00 p.m. ET
Oct. 6               Charlotte Hornets          Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, NC)             7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 8               Charlotte Hornets          Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, CT)                  3:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 13             Brooklyn Nets               Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY)                          7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 15             New York Knicks           Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)             7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 17             Brooklyn Nets               TD Garden (Boston, MA)                                   7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 19             New York Knicks           TD Garden (Boston, MA)                                   7:30 p.m. ET