Boston Celtics Announce First Half of 2020-2021 Schedule

Boston Celtics Press Release

BOSTON, MA – An opening-night contest against a familiar playoff foe, a Christmas Day game against a division rival, and a consistent presence in the national spotlight highlight the Boston Celtics’ first half schedule for the 2020-21 NBA season, presented by JetBlue.

The Celtics, fresh off their third trip to the Eastern Conference Finals over the past four seasons, are poised to play 18 of their 38 first half games on National Television (ABC, ESPN, NBA TV, TNT), including each of their first two contests against Milwaukee on Dec. 23, and Brooklyn on Dec. 25.

That Dec. 23 season opener against Milwaukee also represents the TD Garden debuts for a pair of notable offseason acquisitions – 2016 NBA Champion Tristan Thompson and 2015 NBA All-Star Jeff Teague – in what will be the Celtics’ first home game back on the parquet since March 8.

For the fifth consecutive season – and the 34th time in franchise history – the Celtics will play a game on Christmas Day. Boston will play host to the new-look Brooklyn Nets, featuring the return of former Celtic Kyrie Irving, in what will be the franchise’s third-ever home game in Boston on Christmas Day (all in last four seasons).

As the calendar shifts to 2021, the Celtics will be met with a myriad of postseason competitors from the 2020 NBA Playoffs. Eight of Boston’s 16 games in January will be against playoff teams from the previous season, including a pair of games against the Miami Heat (Jan. 6 at MIA, Jan. 10 vs. MIA) in a rematch of the 2020 Eastern Conference Finals. Boston will also travel to Toronto on Jan. 6 for what will be the first matchup since the two teams went to seven games in the Eastern Conference Semifinals last season, and will play a pair of road games in Philadelphia (Jan. 20, Jan. 22) against the division rival 76ers. The Celtics will close out the month of January by welcoming LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and the defending NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers into TD Garden on Jan. 30.

Nine of Boston’s final 12 games throughout the first half schedule will be played on the TD Garden parquet, including a pair of home games to close out the first half slate against the Clippers (March 2) and Raptors (March 4).

NBC Sports Boston is scheduled to broadcast 32 games in the first half of the 2020-21 regular season as the official television home of the Boston Celtics. The network will also stream the games live on the MyTeams app. Mike Gorman and Brian Scalabrine will call the action and each game will include live Pregame and Postgame shows. Fans can visit NBCSportsBoston.com and follow @NBCSCeltics for all the in-depth action.

Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell will once again handle radio broadcast duties, calling all 38 of the regular season games on the first half of the schedule live on 98.5 The Sports Hub, with select games on 105.7 WROR.

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