As the Celtics look to turn things around after their rough loss in Dallas Tuesday night, they now also have a fully-defined schedule ahead of them.
On Wednesday afternoon, the NBA released the second-half schedule of the 2021 season. The league-wide slate was composed in two parts to help accommodate games canceled due to COVID.
Things won’t be easy for the Celtics as they come out of the All-Star break, with two of their first three games against arguably the two hottest teams in the league. They’ll open the second half on the road in Brooklyn on March 11, and after a stop in Houston will return home to face the Nuggets, who currently have the NBA’s best record.
The following week, the Celtics will head to Milwaukee for two games in three days against Giannis and the Bucks. Those will be Wednesday and Friday games, with the trade deadline falling on that sandwiched Thursday.
Upon returning home from Milwaukee, the Celtics will get chances for redemption for two of their most recent and heartbreaking losses this year. The New Orleans Pelicans, who used a 24-point comeback to beat the C’s last weekend, will visit TD Garden on March 29, with Luka Doncic and the Mavericks in town for the next game two days later.
Gordon Hayward will make his much-anticipated return to TD Garden on April 4, in the first meeting between the Celtics and Hornets this season. They’ll meet again three weeks later in Charlotte, and then again three days after that in Boston to round out the season series.
After dropping their first matchup of the year against the Lakers in the final seconds, the Celtics will get another shot at the defending champs on April 15, this time in Los Angeles. That game is part of a three-game, five-day west coast road trip.
The Celtics’ home finale is currently scheduled for May 11, the second of two games in three days against the Miami Heat. They’ll then close the season with three games on the road against the Cavaliers, Timberwolves, and the Knicks. The final two weeks of the schedule are a bit more spaced out than the rest of the season, likely to compensate for potentially postponed games.
You can check out the entire Celtics second half schedule here. All Celtics games can be heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub and the Celtics Radio Network, with pregame coverage beginning half an hour before tip off.
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