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Celtics schedule released: Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett return to Boston with Nets on Jan. 26

08.07.13 at 9:18 am ET
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Brad Stevens says "tanking" isn't in the Celtics' vocabulary. (AP)

Brad Stevens makes his debut as Celtics coach Oct. 30 with a game against the Raptors in Toronto. (AP)

Mark your calendars, folks. Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are coming back to Boston, and we know when.

The NBA released the 2013-14 schedule Tuesday, and among the notable matchups for Celtics fans is when Rivers and his Clippers visit TD Garden on Dec. 11 and when the new-look Nets, featuring Pierce and Garnett, come to town for the first time Jan. 26. The Nets play at the Garden again March 7.

Brad Stevens and the C’s open their slate Oct. 30 against the Raptors in Toronto, then come home to play the Bucks two nights later.

Other circle dates include a Jan. 2 contest at the Bulls, which would be the first time Rajon Rondo and Derrick Rose face off in nearly two years after both suffered ACL tears. It also serves as the team’s only Thursday night TNT game.

What may be the most interesting four-day stretch comes in mid-December. It starts when the Knicks, who ended the Celtics’ season in May, host Boston Dec. 8, and continues when the Nets do the same two days later at the Barclays Center — the first regular-season matchup between the teams. The very next night, Dec. 11, happens to be when Rivers and the Clippers play at the Garden.

This season could also prove to be a bit of a grind — even more so than most — with the Celtics staring at playing on consecutive nights 20 times, which is actually two fewer than they had last season. Six of those back-to-backs will come in November, when they play a season-high 18 games.

In a change from recent years, the Celtics are not only not playing on Christmas, but they also have five days off Dec. 23-27.

Here is the full 2013-14 schedule:

Oct. 30 at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Nov. 1 Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 3 at Detroit, 6 p.m.

Nov. 4 at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Nov. 6 Utah, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 8 at Orlando, 7 p.m.

Nov. 9 at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 11 Orlando, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 13 Charlotte, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 15 Portland, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 16 at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Nov. 19 at Houston, 8 p.m.

Nov. 20 at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.

Nov. 22 Indiana, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 23 at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 25 at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Nov. 27 Memphis, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 29 Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 30 at Milwaukee, 9 p.m.

Dec. 3 Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 6 Denver, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 8 at New York, noon

Dec. 10 at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 11 L.A. Clippers, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 13 New York, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 16 Minnesota, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 18 Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 21 Washington, 1 p.m.

Dec. 22 at Indiana, 6 p.m.

Dec. 28 Cleveland, 1 p.m.

Dec. 31 Atlanta, 1 p.m.

Jan. 2 at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Jan. 3 New Orleans, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 5 at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.

Jan. 7 at Denver, 9 p.m.

Jan. 8 at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

Jan. 10 at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

Jan. 11 at Portland, 10 p.m.

Jan. 13 Houston, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 15 Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 17 L.A. Lakers, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 19 at Orlando, 6 p.m.

Jan. 21 at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 22 at Washington, 7 p.m.

Jan. 24 Oklahoma City, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 26 Brooklyn, 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 28 at New York, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 29 Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 2 Orlando, 1 p.m.

Feb. 5 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Feb. 7 Sacramento, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 9 Dallas, 6 p.m.

Feb. 10 at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.

Feb. 12 San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 19 at Phoenix, 9 p.m.

Feb. 21 at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

Feb. 22 at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

Feb. 24 at Utah, 9 p.m.

Feb. 26 Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

March 1 Indiana, 8 p.m.

March 5 Golden State, 7:30 p.m.

March 7 Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

March 9 Detroit, 6 p.m.

March 11 at Indiana, 7 p.m.

March 12 New York, 7:30 p.m.

March 14 Phoenix, 7:30 p.m.

March 16 at New Orleans, 6 p.m.

March 17 at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

March 19 Miami, 7:30 p.m.

March 21 at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

March 26 Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

March 28 at Toronto, 7 p.m.

March 30 Chicago, 7 p.m.

March 31 at Chicago, 8 p.m.

April 2 at Washington, 7 p.m.

April 4 Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

April 5 at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

April 9 at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

April 11 Charlotte, 7:30 p.m.

April 12 at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.

April 14 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

April 16 Washington, 8 p.m.

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