With the NBA releasing its full schedule on Monday, fans have 82 games to talk over in the two months before basketball is finally back. For Gordon Hayward, the upcoming year marks his first in green with the Boston Celtics.
Hayward will be introduced to the class of the Eastern Conference on opening night, as the Celtics will open on the road in Cleveland on October 17 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT. This opening night matchup will be a rematch of the Eastern Conference Finals from a year ago and be a good litmus test for the Celtics early in the season.
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Come November 8, Gordon will get his first taste of the Celtics’ rivalry with the Los Angeles Lakers in Boston at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN, followed shortly by the biggest benchmark game of the year against Golden State at home on November 16 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT. The first game against the Warriors should tell the Celtics a lot about how they match up with the reigning champions and what they need to do to catch them in the hunt for a Larry O’Brien trophy.
G-Time will make his first trip home to Indiana as a Celtic on November 25 against the Pacers at 8 p.m. ET. With head coach Brad Stevens in tow, the two will return where they worked together in college at Butler University
The Brownsburg, Ind. native will get his first look at his former squad, the Utah Jazz, December 15 in Boston at 7:30 p.m. ET, though he won’t make his return to Salt Lake City until March 28 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Gordon and his family will be able to spend their first holiday season at home in Boston as the Celtics will host the Washington Wizards at 5:30 p.m. ET on ABC on Christmas Day. This holiday bash will mark the first time Gordon is a part of the heated rivalry that developed over the course of the teams’ playoff series last season. With the Celtics winning that series in seven, Gordon’s addition seems to bode well for their chances to win another potential series with D.C.
The longest homestead on the schedule for the Celtics is from November 27-December 6. In that stretch, Boston hosts Detroit, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Milwaukee, and Dallas before hitting the road again. The longest road trip for the team is four games and occurs twice. The first time is a brutal one from January 23-29 in which the Celtics have a back-to-back in LA against the Lakers then Clippers, travel up to Golden State and then finish up in Denver. The second one comes later in the season from March 23-28 when the Celtics travel to Portland, Sacramento, Phoenix and end in Gordon’s return to Utah.
In total, the Celtics have 25 nationally televised games between TNT (11), ESPN (10) and ABC (4). In addition to those, Boston will be on NBATV nine times throughout the regular season. With all the talk about the newly released schedule, G-Time should be raring to go come opening night tip-off.