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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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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.

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Brad Stevens on D&C: Rajon Rondo ‘really, really intelligent, insightful,’ will be a Celtics leader 07.12.13 at 10:43 am ET
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Brad Stevens joined Dennis & Callahan on Friday morning, and the new Celtics coach made sure to clear up a couple of big question marks about the organization moving forward: Yes, he expects Rajon Rondo to be on the team, and yes, he expects the point guard to be one of the leaders.

Stevens has spent much of the last week meeting with members of the organization — both staff and players — and Rondo is no exception. The two met up in Louisville, Ky., when Stevens made the two-hour drive from Indianapolis.

Aside from giving a quick talk at Rondo’€™s youth basketball camp, Stevens spent some time getting to know his point guard.

‘€œI just enjoyed spending time with him, asking him questions about not only his time with the Celtics but his time before,’€ Stevens said. ‘€œI found him to be really, really intelligent, really, really insightful. I thought he had great ideas. I’€™m really looking forward to working with him.

‘€œI think [Rondo is] eager for that challenge [to be the leader] and I’€™m looking forward to that. I’€™ve talked to a lot of guys that are on this team already, and I think we have a good, young group that has been great to me. They seem eager, they seem excited, and they all speak very highly of playing with him.’€

Another one of the players Stevens spoke with during his time in Orlando — where he watched some summer league action — is first-round draft pick Kelly Olynyk, who has gotten plenty of headlines during his first taste of professional action.

While Stevens was wary of putting grand expectations on the 22-year-old, he is expecting big things.

‘€œI sat down with him the other day, and I just told him, a lot of people will use their rookie year or their second year or their third year as an excuse for not being the best that they can be because they have this transition/grace period. And then there’€™s other guys that make the All-Rookie team. And I think that certainly should be a goal, and he’€™s certainly capable,” Stevens said.

‘€œHe’€™s a very good player, he’€™s a very skilled player. He has a great feel for the game, and I just like him. I like him as a person. He’€™s a very driven young man, so I’€™m looking forward to coaching him.’€

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National reaction to Celtics trade: Inevitable end of an era 06.28.13 at 2:03 pm ET
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What Celtics fans have long feared has finally come to pass.

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett reportedly will be shipped to the Nets in exchange for three first-round picks, as well as a five-player package highlighted by 2005 Celtics first-round draft pick MarShon Brooks, Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries.

The reaction from media around the country is, well, about as one would expect. Many of them used one common phrase in particular in their pseudo-obituaries:

‘€œAn inglorious end to a glorious era.’€ — Paul Flannery, SBNation

‘€œThis era of the Boston Celtics was finally destroyed.’€ — Zach Harper, CBS Sports

‘€œ[Celtics fans] were experiencing the other end of the era.’€ — Ian Thomsen, Sports Illustrated

‘€œAn era ended in Boston as the deep-pocketed Nets loaded up for next year’€™s run.’€ — Chris Forsberg, ESPN

Indeed, the official end of the Big Three Era — a period that lasted twice as long as many expected it to — has come, and with it a new one dawning in Brooklyn.

Ian O’€™Connor of ESPN New York assesses the trade from the Nets’€™ point of view, and held nothing back about the Celtics’€™ rebuilding

‘€œSo make no mistake,’€ O’€™Connor writes. ‘€œThis is a great night for the Brooklyn Nets, even if it doesn’t lead to the title Garnett and Pierce won for the Celtics, who are busy becoming a D-League team in the hope of winning banner No. 18 in a resurgent season to be named (much) later.

‘€œ[Nets owner Mikhail] Prokhorov and his industrious GM, Billy King, saw an opening and pounced. The Nets got older and slower in the process, but they also got a lot better, especially in a playoff context.’€

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Chris Mannix on D&C: Celtics ‘got the most they could possibly get’ for Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett 06.28.13 at 10:28 am ET
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NBA insider Chris Mannix checked in with Dennis & Callahan on Friday morning, and the Sports Illustrated senior writer commended Danny Ainge and the Celtics for pulling off a blockbuster trade Thursday, agreeing to send Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets in exchange for a package headlined by the expiring contract of Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace and three future first-round picks.

The trade stings a bit at first, sure, Mannix said, but the Celtics got great return for a pair of older players with big contracts.

‘€œBoston got the most they could possibly get for both these players,’€ Mannix said. ‘€œI’€™m going to be honest guys, I’€™m not sure they could’€™ve gotten a better haul for them. I’€™m not sure there is another team out there that would have absorbed one or both of those players and given the Celtics more in return.

‘€œIt’€™s a tough pill to swallow because in the short term you don’€™t get a whole heck of a lot in the players they get back. ‘€¦ Regardless, they get immeasurably worse in the short term, but I don’€™t know if they could have gotten more for those players.’€

Mannix said Thursday’€™s deal is a very, very risky one for Brooklyn. The organization has in effect given itself a one-year window to win, and it could very well ‘€œbackfire in their faces.’€

‘€œThe Nets are throwing all of their eggs into this one season and hoping they can find a way to get the chemistry to come together and challenge for a championship,’€ Mannix said. ‘€œThrow in the fact that I have no idea how Jason Kidd is going to be able to coach these guys. I say this half in jest, but I’€™m almost expecting Kidd to resign in midseason and activate himself and hand over coaching responsibilities to Lawrence Frank so he can get one more ring as a player as a backup. It’€™s just a bizarre situation out there.’€

The Celtics, meanwhile, could flip Humphries to the Bobcats for guard Ben Gordon, a deal Mannix said Brooklyn and Charlotte may have explored earlier.

Mannix also expects the Celtics to center their rebuilding around Rajon Rondo. That fact that the team didn’€™t take a point guard in the first round of the Thursday’s draft when there were several available speaks volumes about the Celtics’€™ plans.

‘€œIt’€™s a big risk, because nobody has any idea what Rondo’€™s reaction is to all this, how he’€™s going to handle being the focal point of a team that’€™s probably going to be really bad next year,’€ Mannix said. ‘€œThere’€™s no reason to believe they can’€™t try to build around Rondo these next couple of years and see what happens. If it turns out he’€™s not capable of doing it, if it turns out it’€™s not working out, you can always flip him at the trade deadline or at the start of the following season for something better in return.’€

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NBA mock draft roundup: Consensus pick for Celtics is German PG Dennis Schroeder 06.27.13 at 11:50 am ET
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Celtics fans, you might want to get used to hearing the name Dennis Schroeder.

There are just a few hours left until the 2013 NBA draft, but there is a near consensus among many of the mock drafts done by major outlets — including ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, The Washington Post, DraftExpress.com and NBAdraft.net — have the Celtics selecting the 6-foot-2, 165-pound point guard from Germany.

WEEI.com profiled Schroeder, who has drawn comparisons to Rajon Rondo, on Monday.

Playing with the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig as a 19-year-old in Germany this season, Schroeder averaged 11.9 points, 3.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game while playing nearly 25 minutes. Some reports indicate that while his size and decision-making capabilities could stand to be improved, scouts are drawn to his 6-foot-8 wingspan ‘€” a solid half-foot more than his height.

There are rumors that one team, potentially the Celtics, have promised to draft him, though Schroeder has denied it. He did not participate in the NBA combine last month.

There are some dissenters, however.

NBA.com has the C’€™s picking Russian shooting forward Sergey Karasev, a 6-foot-7, 205-pounder. Also 19, the St. Petersburg native is considered a bit more developed than many international prospects.

The Celtics could choose Jamaal Franklin, the way Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix sees it. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard led San Diego State in points (16.6), rebounds (9.4), assists (3.3) and steals (1.6) as a junior in 2012-13.

USA Today, meanwhile, has pegged Shane Larkin, son of baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, going to the Celtics at pick No. 16.

The draft begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (ESPN; WEEI-AM 850).

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: New Mexico SF Tony Snell 06.27.13 at 11:38 am ET
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As part of WEEI.com’€™s coverage of the 2013 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their lone selection at No. 16.

TONY SNELL

Position: Small forward

School: New Mexico

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-7 

Weight: 200 pounds

Achievements: Mountain West Tournament MVP (2013), All-Mountain West third team (2013)

Key 2012-13 stats: 12.5 points, 2.9 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 2.1 turnovers

What he brings: While no single skill makes Snell spectacular, he was an all-around solid contributor in his three years with the Lobos. He is successful from beyond the arc, connecting on 39 percent of his attempts, and he can pull up or shoot off of screens. His ballhandling skills have been questioned.

Snell’€™s quickness and length, including a 7-foot wingspan, work to his advantage at the defensive end. As is the case with most other potential draftees, however, Snell is going to need to get a little thicker and stronger to win and keep a spot on an NBA roster.

Notes: Snell ended his collegiate career having started 70 consecutive games dating back to the beginning of his sophomore year. ‘€¦ He worked out with a handful of teams, including the Kings twice. ‘€¦ He played mostly small forward for the Lobos, but he told media recently he also could be a shooting guard.

Recent articles:

Cowbellkingdom.com: Sacramento Kings give draft prospect Tony Snell another look

The Oregonian: Tony Snell brings shooting, rebounding and defense to pre-draft workouts (with video)

PE Bloggers: Tony Snell zooming upward in NBA mock drafts

Video: Here is a highlight/interview mix from one of Snell’€™s recent workouts.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Virginia Tech PG Erick Green 06.27.13 at 8:18 am ET
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As part of WEEI.com’€™s coverage of the 2013 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their lone selection at No. 16.

ERICK GREEN

Position: Point guard

School: Virginia Tech

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 185 pounds

Achievements: AP All-America third team (2013), ACC Player of the Year (2013), All-ACC second team (2012)

Key 2012-13 stats: 25.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.3 steals

What he brings: Despite the fact that Green was a point guard through his senior year with the Hokies, one NBA executive questions whether Green can or will play the point exclusively at the next level. Still, his offensive production is undeniable, and he was the focus of every opposing defense playing against a bad Hokies team (13-19) in 2012-13. The nation’€™s leading scorer shot 47.5 percent from the floor, 38.9 percent from beyond on the arc and 81.6 percent on free throws.

Draftexpress.com describes Green as ‘€œcapable’€ on defense, with his fundamentals making up in part for his lack of size. He isn’€™t a liability on defense, but he won’€™t be stealing the show, either. His keen shooting is what teams will pay him for.

Notes: Green worked out for 15 teams in the weeks leading up to the draft. ‘€¦ Although he’€™s leaving Virginia Tech with a business degree, he missed his own graduation to attend the NBA combine last month. ‘€¦ His profile on hokiesports.com calls him a ‘€œterrific defender’€ who showed all-around tremendous improvement since his one-start freshman year. … Green has four younger siblings.

Recent articles:

Daily Press: Virginia Tech’€™s Erick Green getting a taste of NBA life in workouts

NBC Sports: Virginia Tech’€™s reliance on Erick Green didn’€™t hurt his chances at an NBA career

Roanoke Times: NBA teams get a look at Virginia Tech star Erick Green

Video: The ACC posted an Erick Green highlight video in advance of the draft.

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