Tuesday, July 19, 2011
The 2011-12 Boston Celtics Schedule That Most Likely Won't Happen
I'll never be confused with ESPN's Chris Broussard (LeBRONNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) or Adam Schefter so that's my excuse for why I couldn't care less about NBA or NFL Lockout talk. Still, sources close to the situations seem to think the NFL will come to an agreement any day now while the NBA will likely miss some if not all of the 2011-12 season.
The fact that PTI's Michael Wilbon scoffed at the NBA releasing its entire schedule today during a lockout, makes me less than enthused about seeing who the Boston Celtics will "play." After all, who's more dialed in than Wilbon?
Without further ado, here's the 2011-12 Celtics schedule that probably won't happen.
Boston opens up against the Cleveland Cavaliers on November 2 at TD Garden. Not exactly the marquee opening night matchup, even with Cleveland's top picks (Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson) in the 2011 Draft.
12 of the Celtics' first 19 games are on the road and they'll have 24 nationally televised games (ABC, ESPN and TNT) with six more on NBA TV.
Boston's longest homestand is six games: January 16-27 vs. OKC, Denver, Phoenix, Orlando, Minnesota and Indiana. Their longest road trip is five games and as usual, it's after the All-Star break. From March 11-17 they'll visit the Lakers, Suns, Warriors, Kings and Nuggets.
Some other games that standout above the rest: November 16 is Boston's first meeting with the Miami Heat (in Miami) followed by a game in Orlando the next night. December 1 is the first home game against the Heat. The C's have a home and home with the Knicks on December 22 in Boston and on Christmas afternoon in NYC (because nothing says Christmas spirit like Spike Lee).
Boston hosts the World Champion Dallas Mavericks on January 11. Kendrick Perkins returns to town with the Oklahoma City Thunder on January 16. The first Celtics-Lakers game is February 9 at TD Garden. The Celts host Tom Thibodeau and the Bulls on February 12. The Celtics have a brutal four-game road trip in mid-February: Bulls (February 16), Rockets (February. 19), Dallas (February 20) and Oklahoma City (February 22).
The Celts visit the Staples Center on March 11 and San Antonio on March 25. April starts with three tough games in five days: vs. Miami (April 1), vs. Spurs (April 4) and at Bulls (April 5). According to Donald Sterns-thanks Mumbles Menino-Boston's regular season will end with games in New York (April 17) and the finale April 18 at TD Garden vs. the Magic but we'll believe it when we see it.