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Don’t adjust your set…

Believe it or not, the Celtics [1] are NOT the home team in their preseason opener against the Philadelphia 76ers [2] at the Mullins Center, despite playing this game just about 100 miles from Boston and in their home state.

That’s because the Celtics already have four other pre-designated ‘home’ preseason games, including two at the TD Banknorth Garden [3] (Oct. 17 vs. NY, Oct. 19 vs. NJ), this Friday in Providence vs. Cleveland and Saturday night in Manchester, NH vs. Houston.

The Mullins Center is owned by the Comcast-Spectacor group, the same company that owns the 76ers and the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers [4].

And besides, how appropriate that the Sixers have a home game against the Celtics on the same campus where Julius Erving made a name for himself before Dr. J did with the ABA’s New York Nets and the NBA’s Sixers.

The Celtics begin the preseason without head coach Doc Rivers [5] on the sidelines due to personal reasons while Sam Cassell is not with the team, tending to his grandfather who suffered a heart attack this week. The 76ers are without Kareem Rush, out with a left ankle sprain.

Keep on WEEI.com for updates from yours truly and colleague Paul Flannery throughout the night.