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Why you should care about Celtics preseason schedule

Rob Bradford
August 07, 2017 - 12:35 pm

The Celtics preseason schedule is out, and this time around it might be something you want to pay attention to.

If the slate of games seem a bit different it's because the NBA has shortened the preaseason schedule so that the regular season can start a week earlier, kicking off on Oct. 17.

The limited opportunity for teams to get their groups ready for the 82-game schedule is one reason why preseason might be a bit more noteworthy. Another -- at least for the Celtics -- is the chance to see what a revamped roster is actually going to look like.

The Celtics play just two teams, the Hornets and Sixers, in the preseason, with a pair of the games taking place at TD Garden. But both opponents should offer intrigue considering some of their younger talents.

While Boston will be integrating the likes of first-round pick Jayson Tatum and newly-signed Gordon Heyward, the Hornets not only have brand new uniforms, but also will be trotting out former Kentucky start Malik Monk and newcomer Dwight Howard. The Sixers? Even better. This will be No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz's first introduction to the NBA, with last year's top pick, Ben Simmons, finally getting a chance to show his stuff.

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