The Celtics released their schedule for the 2014-15 NBA season. Here are the few highlights.

The Celtics released their schedule for the 2014-15 NBA season. Here are the few highlights.

  • The Celtics host Kevin Garnett and the Nets on Oct. 29 (7:30 p.m.) and again the day after Christmas (1 p.m.). They visit Brooklyn on Jan. 7 and March 23.
  • The Celtics host Paul Pierce and the Wizards on Dec. 7, when Kris Humphries will make his glorious return to Boston (get the video tribute ready now). The C’s travel to Washington, D.C. on Dec. 8 and 27.
  • The Celtics host LeBron James, Kevin Love and the Cavaliers on Nov. 14 and April 12. They visit Cleveland March 3 and April 10.
  • The Celtics host the defending champion Spurs on Nov. 30 and travel to San Antonio on March 20.
  • The Celtics host Kobe Bryant and the Lakers on Dec. 5 and visit them on Feb. 22 ‘€” Rajon Rondo‘s birthday.
  • The Celtics visit Doc Rivers and the Clippers on Jan. 19 and host them on March 29.
  • The LeBron-less Heat come to Boston on Feb. 1 and March 25, and the Celtics travel to Miami on Dec. 21 and March 9.
  • Reigning MVP Kevin Durant‘s Thunder make their only trip to Boston on Nov. 12.
  • The Celtics have four nationally televised games: three on NBA TV against Anthony Davis‘ Pelicans on Jan. 12, at the Lakers on Feb. 22 and at Brooklyn on March 23; and one on ESPN against the Hawks on Jan. 14.
  • Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker make their Garden debuts on Dec. 19 and April 3, respectively.
  • The new prolonged NBA All-Star break leaves the Celtics without a game from Feb. 11-20.
  • The Celtics have 18 back-to-backs.
  • They have a six-game road trip at L.A. (Clippers), Portland, Denver, Golden State, Utah and Minnesota from Jan. 19-28, but don’t travel more than three straight games the remainder of the season.
  • They play four games in five nights just once ‘€” at the Knicks, home against the Nuggets and 76ers and at Milwaukee ‘€” from Feb. 3-7, but that’s followed by three days off, a home game against the Hawks and the eight-day All-Star break.
  • The Celtics have a brutal stretch of five games in seven nights from March 3-9 ‘€” beginning at Cleveland, and then home against the Jazz before traveling through New Orleans, Orlando and Miami.

And here’s the complete Celtics schedule for the 2014-15 NBA season.

Oct. 29: Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 1: At Houston, 8 p.m.
Nov. 3: At Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 5: Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 7: Indiana, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 8: At Chicago, 8 p.m.
Nov. 12: Oklahoma City, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 14: Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 17: Phoenix, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 19: At Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Nov. 21: At Memphis, 8 p.m.
Nov. 23: Portland, 6 p.m.
Nov. 28: Chicago, 1 p.m.
Nov. 30: San Antonio, 1 p.m.
Dec. 2: At Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 3: Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 5: Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 7: Washington, 1 p.m.
Dec. 8: At Washington, 7 p.m.
Dec. 10: At Charlotte, 7 p.m.
Dec. 12: New York, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 15: At Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Dec. 17: Orlando, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 19: Minnesota, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 21: At Miami, 6 p.m.
Dec. 23: At Orlando, 7 p.m.
Dec. 26: Brooklyn, 1 p.m.
Dec. 27: At Washington, 7 p.m.
Dec. 31: Sacramento, 1 p.m.
Jan. 2: Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 3: At Chicago, 8 p.m.
Jan. 5: Charlotte, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 7: At Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 9: At Indiana, 7 p.m.
Jan. 10: At Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 12 : New Orleans, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 14 : Atlanta, 8 p.m.
Jan. 16 : Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 19 : At Los Angeles, 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 22 : At Portland, 10 p.m.
Jan. 23 : At Denver, 9 p.m.
Jan. 25 : At Golden State, 8 p.m.
Jan. 26 : At Utah, 9 p.m.
Jan. 28 : At Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Jan. 30: Houston, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 1: Miami, 1 p.m.
Feb. 3: At New York, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 4: Denver, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 6: Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 7: At Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m.
Feb. 11: Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 20: At Sacramento, 10 p.m.
Feb. 22: At Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m.
Feb. 23: At Phoenix, 9 p.m.
Feb. 25: New York, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 27: Charlotte, 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 1: Golden State, 6 p.m.
Mar. 3: At Cleveland, 7 p.m.
Mar. 4: Utah, 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 6: At New Orleans, 8 p.m.
Mar. 8: At Orlando, 6 p.m.
Mar. 9: At Miami, 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 11: Memphis, 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 13: Orlando, 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 14: At Indiana, 7 p.m.
Mar. 16: Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 18: At Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
Mar. 20: At San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.
Mar. 22: Detroit, 6 p.m.
Mar. 23: At Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 25: Miami, 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 27: At New York, 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 29: Los Angeles, 6 p.m.
Mar. 30: At Charlotte, 7 p.m.
Apr. 1: Indiana, 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 3: Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 4: At Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 8: At Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 10: At Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 12: Cleveland, 3 p.m.
Apr. 14: Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 15: At Milwaukee, 8 p.m.

Blog Author: 
Ben Rohrbach

Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk did tweak his right wrist, after all, according to ESPN.com.

Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk did tweak his right wrist, after all, according to ESPN.com.

“It’ll be alright,” Olynyk told ESPN.com, admitting he fell awkwardly on the wrist while competing for Team Canada. “It’s not career-ending.” The wrist issue would have gone unnoticed were it not for a fan’s tweet to CelticsBlog.

The 23-year-old made a scheduled visit to Canobie Lake Park on Tuesday, missing Canada’s final game in Europe, and he did not alert the Celtics to any serious injury. Photos from the event show Olynyk wore no brace and had kids from the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children tugging on him all afternoon.

Blog Author: 
Ben Rohrbach

Kelly Olynyk did not participate in Team Canada’s international friendly against Turkey.

Colton Iverson has signed a one-year deal with Spanish Euroleague power Laboral Kutxa Baskonia, according to his agent Ben Pensack.

On Sunday, I issued the Ice Bucket Challenge to Celtics coach Brad Stevens in hopes of raising awareness about ALS and benefiting The Pete Frates #3 Fund‘s mission of finding a treatment and cure for the disease. Within the allotted 24 hours, Stevens accepted the challenge in an email Monday with the subject line, “On its way tomorrow …” Sure enough, the Celtics posted their coach’s response on the team’s YouTube account Tuesday.

In addition to issuing an Ice Bucket Challenge for all Celtics fans to donate and participate, Stevens dedicated his ice-dumping efforts to friend and former Butler track athlete Matt White as well as longtime Boston College sports information director Dick Kelley, who succumbed to the disease in 2011. White still battles ALS, and his moving speech to Stevens’ Butler team prior to a Final Four victory over Michigan State in 2010 is must-watch video.

The ALS Association, Pete Frates #3 Fund and Matt White Cure ALS Foundation are all currently accepting donations, and the Celtics are asking fans to send videos using #CelticsIBC on Twitter. Well done, coach.

As for Celtics players, NBA All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo already accepted an Ice Bucket Challenge.

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Ben Rohrbach
Colton Iverson

Colton Iverson

Colton Iverson has signed a one-year deal with Spanish Euroleague power Laboral Kutxa Baskonia, according to his agent Ben Pensack.

“It’s a great opportunity for Colton to play at the highest level in Europe,” Iverson’s agent said of the Celtics‘ second-round pick in 2013. As for the 7-footer’s future with the team that drafted him No. 53 overall last year, Pensack added, “We will reassess after this season and will know more then.”

Iverson remains under the Celtics control until the team renounces his rights.

In 47 games for Besiktas in Turkey last season, Iverson averaged 7.2 points (53.5 FG%, 48.4 FT%) and 4.8 rebounds in 17.4 minutes. The 25-year-old Colorado State product returned to play for the Celtics in the Orlando summer league last month, producing 6.4 points and 2.4 rebounds in 15.8 minutes over five games.

The trade for Tyler Zeller and Marcus Thornton along with a guarantee of Phil Pressey‘s contract this season meant the Celtics had the same number of guaranteed contracts as open roster spots (15). The presence of Zeller in addition to Vitor Faverani and Joel Anthony also pushed the number of centers on the C’s roster to three. While Faverani’s immediate future remains unclear pending his recovery from knee surgery and following his DUI arrest, the Celtics currently have no room on the roster as training camp approaches, even if Anthony’s $3.8 million expiring contract makes him surefire trade bait.

As a result, Iverson will continue to develop overseas, joining a team that made the competitive Spanish league playoffs last season and qualified for the Euroleague postseason in both 2011 and 2013.

Blog Author: 
Ben Rohrbach

Kelly Olynyk did not participate in Team Canada’s international friendly against Turkey. As a result, rumors circulated that the Celtics forward had injured his wrist and was headed back to Boston.

Olynyk did return to Boston and will not play in the final game of Canada’s European tour on Tuesday.

However, the Celtics media relations staff connected with Olynyk on Monday night regarding his scheduled visit to Canobie Lake Park with 30 kids from the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and “he mentioned nothing about any injuries he may have.” He will attend the event as planned.

If Olynyk indeed suffered a wrist injury, it doesn’t appear serious enough to prevent “a day of rides and fun.”

Blog Author: 
Ben Rohrbach

Mercifully, the Kevin Love drama has come to an end, and as expected in recent weeks he will not be wearing a Celtics uniform next season. Love will be donning wine and gold alongside fellow NBA All-Stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland, and the Cavaliers will be really good for a really long time.

In exchange for the last two No. 1 overall picks — Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett – and a 2015 first-round pick, the Cavs acquired Love from Minnesota and received a commitment from the 25-year-old that he will sign a max contract next summer, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

There will be those who claim Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge facilitated the LeBron and Love pairing by dealing a trade exception for Tyler Zeller, Marcus Thornton and a first-round pick last month. And there will be those who say Love used his Boston visit to help the Timberwolves drive up the bidding war for his services. And they will not be wrong.

But once LeBron returned to Cleveland, nobody was stopping this trade. So, let’s not go around criticizing Ainge for acquiring three more assets and not offering enough to get a Love deal done. Once LeBron made the Cavaliers a destination attractive enough for Love to sign longterm and Wiggins became available in return, no combination of Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk and No. 1 picks was going to convince Flip Saunders otherwise.

Don’t get me wrong. Love was Plan A for the Celtics. He was the fireworks they had hoped for this summer. That’s not happening, and that’s a bummer for Boston. The C’s have publicly declared their No. 1 priority is to pair a second star with Rondo and keep him in green when he becomes a free agent next summer, but as we detailed last week the list of game-changing 2015 free agents not named Love is a short one.

Privately, Ainge & Co. have to be weighing the fact a trio of All-Stars under the age of 30 — all of whom seem set on staying in Cleveland for the foreseeable future — makes the Cavaliers a favorite to win the East for the next five years. Even if you prefer a healthy Rondo to Irving (and I may be in the minority who do), there are no two players coming to Boston in the near future who can compare resumes with a four-time MVP and the NBA’s double-double leader two of the past three years. With that knowledge, the Celtics have to trade Rondo this season.

As we’ve seen this summer, things change pretty quickly in the NBA. Injuries, unforeseen trades and rising talent could alter the Eastern Conference landscape sooner rather than later, but how long can the Celtics sit around waiting for dumb luck during Rondo’s prime? Love isn’t walking through that door. It’s time for Plan B.

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Ben Rohrbach