Boston Celtics 2014-15 Schedule: 5 Games That Stand Out

Boston Celtics 2014-15 Schedule: 5 Games That Stand Out

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With a much-improved perimeter rotation, look for the Boston Celtics to contend and show much improvement from last season under second-year head coach Brad Stevens. Although the Celtics are going through a rebuilding period, here are five games that stand out on the Celtics' calendar.

5. Oct. 29: Brooklyn Nets

Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass
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5. Oct. 29: Brooklyn Nets

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The Celtics host Kevin Garnet and the Brooklyn Nets in the season opener on Oct. 29. The Nets hope to have starting point guard Deron Williams back after undergoing offseason surgery. Despite the great match-up at point guard, the game will be determined by post production and rebounding. Expect a battle in the post between the two Eastern Conference foes.

4. Dec. 5: Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant and Rajon Rondo
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4. Dec. 5: Los Angeles Lakers

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Anytime the Los Angeles Lakers are in town, expect to see a battle in Boston. Although both teams may be a few seasons away from being title contenders, the rivalry remains pretty much alive, especially with Kobe Bryant back in the lineup. The Celtics are much improved at the guard position this season and should utilize a more fast-paced offense against the older Lakers.

3. Jan. 19: Los Angeles Clippers

Jared Sullinger and Blake Griffin
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3. Jan. 19: Los Angeles Clippers

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Expect another tussle in the post when former head coach Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers visit the Celtics on Jan. 19. Last season the Celtics lost two close games to the Clippers by a combined 14 points. If Jeff Green and Brandon Bass can prove to be consistent scorers, the Celtics will once again give the Clippers a battle.

2. Feb. 3: @ New York Knicks

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2. Feb. 3: @ New York Knicks

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During the first week of February, the New York Knicks will be the second of five teams the Celtics will play. Last season the two teams split the season series at two games a piece, with the Knicks winning the last two games. With the additions of Marcus Smart and veteran guard Evan Turner, the Celtics should be able to defend the Knicks' guards on the perimeter.

1. Mar. 9: @ Miami Heat

Jared Sullinger and Chris Bosh
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1. Mar. 9: @ Miami Heat

Jared Sullinger and Chris Bosh
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Despite the loss of LeBron James, the Miami Heat will continue to be contenders out East. With James gone, the Celtics should feel more than confident after beating the Heat in two of three games last season. Once again, the Heat will be thin in the post this season, so expect a battle between Bosh and Jared Sullinger. If the Celtics can get some production from Brandon Bass or Tyler Zeller, they may easily defeat Miami.