- Chris Forsberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Boston Celtics host the Brooklyn Nets to wrap up their exhibition slate on Wednesday night at TD Garden (7 p.m., ESPN). Here's what to watch for:
* WHAT NOT TO WATCH FOR: The first thing you should take note of is the earlier-than-usual tip time (Hey, it's an extra half-hour to watch preseason hoops before postseason baseball takes over your TV). Also, neither Paul Pierce nor Kevin Garnett is expected to play against their former team (and Deron Williams is out as well). If you're looking for familiar faces, Jason Terry will play his first preseason game of the year against his previous employer.
* DRESS REHEARSAL: Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he'll treat at least the first half of Wednesday's game like a dress rehearsal for the regular season. That doesn't necessarily mean we'll see the starting 5 that will open the season next week in Toronto, but we'll see starters play extended minutes and get a better idea of how the rotation will work. One combo that Stevens liked from the last game is the Jeff Green/Gerald Wallace pairing. That combo might not start, but it will at least be an early sub lineup to further gauge its sustainability during the regular season.
* EFFORT, EFFORT, EFFORT: Wallace called out the team after Sunday's loss in Montreal. He doesn't mind losing -- which the Celtics have done six times in seven tries this preseason -- but he won't stand for not putting up a fight. Wallace has implored the Celtics to play with maximum effort and suggested the regular season starts today for this young squad.
* WHAT ELSE?: This is likely our last look at Boston's camp invites. The team has four camp bodies on the roster in Chris Babb, Damen Bell-Holter, DeShawn Sims, and Kammron Taylor. With Boston right on the tax line, it's likely that all four will be waived (though a maximum of three could land with the team's D-League affiliate in Maine as affiliated players; something each player knew was a possibility when they signed on). ... With the Sox playing Game 1 of the World Series across town, there could be a lot of empty seats at the Garden. (Those in the nosebleeds might be able to sneak down to better views). ... The Celtics were abysmal beyond the 3-point arc the other night against the Timberwolves, let's see if they are more selective -- and more consistent -- from deep against the Nets.
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