Rapid Reaction: Celtics 2012-13 schedule
The Celtics will start the 2012-13 season where the 2011-12 campaign ended.
Rapid reaction after the NBA released the Boston Celtics' 2012-13 regular-season schedule on Thursday evening. Hop HERE to view the full schedule.
OCT. 30: OPENING NIGHT IN SOUTH BEACH
NOV. 2: HOME OPENER VS. THE BUCKS
The Celtics return home immediately after the season opener in Miami, enjoy a couple of days off, then open their home slate with a visit from the Milwaukee Bucks. Don't get too comfortable, though; it's a one-game homestand and Boston immediately heads to Washington the next night for its first back-to-back of the season.
DEC. 25: CHRISTMAS IN BROOKLYN
DEC. 27-30: A QUICK TRIP OUT WEST
Another post-Christmas staple, the Celtics immediately head out west after the holiday, visiting the Clippers (Dec. 27), Warriors (Dec. 29) and Kings (Dec. 30) before returning home to host Memphis on (Jan. 2).
JAN. 16: AUSTIN COMES TO BOSTON
JAN. 27: RAY'S RETURN TO THE GARDEN
Looking for something to do during the two-week break before the Super Bowl? The Celtics will help fill the gridiron void, as Allen returns to Boston for the first time with the Heat in a 1 p.m. matinee. A week later, Boston hosts the Clippers (remember, the lockout cost us a look at The Blake Show and a Rajon Rondo-Chris Paul showdown in Boston last season) in another 1 p.m. kickoff leading up to Super Bowl XLVII. Allen and the Heat return to Boston on March 18.
RIVALRY RENEWED: LAKERS MATCHUPS (AND WEST COAST TRIP)
MARCH 22: TERRY DOES DALLAS
The Mavericks come to Boston on Dec. 12, but Jason Terry's first trip back to Dallas won't occur until March 22. Boston's new sixth man visits his old squad as part of a three-game road trip for the Celtics.
BEST OF THE REST: STIEMSMA'S RETURN, SEASON FINALE
The Celtics are scheduled to play 22 back-to-backs this season, meaning more than half of their total regular-season slate will come as part of consecutive games. What's more, 18 of those back-to-backs close on the road (hey, at least there's no back-to-back-to-backs in this post-lockout world):
Nov. 2-3: vs. Milwaukee, at Washington
Nov. 9-10: vs. Philadelphia, at Milwaukee
Nov. 14-15: vs. Utah, at Brooklyn
Nov. 17-18: vs. Toronto, at Detroit
Nov. 30-Dec. 1: vs. Portland, at Milwaukee
Dec. 7-8: at Philadelphia, vs. Philadelphia
Dec. 14-15: at Houston, at San Antonio
Dec. 18-19: at Chicago, vs. Cleveland
Dec. 29-30: at Golden State, at Sacramento
Jan. 4-5: vs. Indiana, at Atlanta
Jan. 24-25: vs. New York, at Atlanta
Feb. 6-7: at Toronto, vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Feb. 10-11: vs. Denver, at Charlotte
Feb. 19-20: at Denver, at Los Angeles Lakers
Feb. 24-25: at Portland, at Utah
March 5-6: at Philadelphia, at Indiana
March 12-13: at Charlotte, vs. Toronto
March 22-23: at Dallas, at Memphis
March 26-27: vs. New York, at Cleveland
March 31-April 1: at New York, at Minnesota
April 12-13: at Miami, at Orlando
April 16-17: vs. Indiana, at Toronto
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