The Celtics 2014-15 schedule was unveiled tonight and by the looks of it, it’ll be tough at the beginning and the end. Needless to say, the NBA didn’t do them any favors right out of the gate. Here’s a monthly breakdown of the Celtics 2014-15 schedule.
November: The Celtics open the season on October 29th versus KG and the Brooklyn Nets. Brooklyn didn’t make their first trip to Boston last season until January. Assuming Garnett plays this season, he’ll get a warm reception from Celtics fans. The Celtics play eight home games in November. The home slate is highlighted by visits from Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder on November 12th, Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on November 14th and the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs on November 30th. Road games against the Rockets. Mavericks and Bulls highlight what is the toughest month of the Celtics schedule.
December: I know you’ll be disappointed Celtics fans, but your team will not be playing on Christmas Day for the second straight year. Who cares! I would rather not watch anything on Christmas. Its family time! Anyway, back to the schedule. The Lakers visit the Garden on December 5th. It’ll be the return of Kobe Bryant. He didn’t play when when the Lakers came to town last February. The Celtics play Paul Pierce and the Wizards three times this season and all three meetings are in December. Pierce’s return to Boston takes place on December 7th. Home games against the Knicks and the Nets and a Florida trip are some of the other key games in December.
January: The Celtics play ten road games in January. The month is highlighted by a west coast trip that includes stops in Denver, Los Angeles (Clippers), Utah, Portland, Golden State and Minnesota. The home slate in January is tough as well. The Mavericks, Bulls, Pelicans, Hawks, Hornets and Rockets all visit the Garden.
February: All-Star month. The league listened to the players and decided to shut the league down for eight days before and after the all-star break. The Celtics last game before the break is February 11th (my birthday by the way) and they don’t play again until February 20th when they visit Sacramento. That will be the beginning of a short west coast swing which also features visits to Los Angeles (Lakers) and Phoenix. By the way Rajon Rondo fans, the trade deadline is February 19th. Thats the day he’ll be traded.
March: March is tough for two reasons. One: The Celtics play every other day for the entire month. Two: The schedule is challenging. The Warriors, Grizzlies, Heat and Clippers visit the Garden. The Celtics will have to play road games in Cleveland, New Orleans, Oklahoma City and San Antonio. Other than November, I think March is the toughest month on the Celtics schedule.
April: Six of the Celtics last eight games are against Central division opponents. The Celtics face Lebron and the Cavs twice. They also play Jabari Parker and the Bucks twice. They play the Pistons once. The other two games in April are against the Toronto Raptors.
At best, the Celtics will win 28 to 30 games this season. I’m warning you right now. They are going to get off to a rough start. Their schedule in November is a bitch. The only other month that compares in terms of tough games, is March. By the way, the Celtics play only one nationally televised game this season and that’s January 14th against the Hawks on ESPN. My how the mighty have fallen!