Celtics Announce 2005-06 NBA Regular Season Schedule
Team Tips Off Season With Exciting Week Of Home Games Vs. New York and Detroit
The Boston Celtics announced their 2005-2006 regular season schedule today. The 82-game schedule consists of 41 home dates, all in the TD BankNorth Garden, and 41 road contests, and is set to run from Wednesday, November 2, 2005 through Wednesday, April 19, 2006.
The Celtics, under the guidance of second-year Head Coach Glenn “Doc” Rivers, kick off their 60th season looking to defend their Atlantic Division title with an exciting week of home games. The season starts when the Celtics host Larry Brown in his debut as head coach of the New York Knicks at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, November 2, and continues on Friday, November 4 at 7:30 PM when the Green host the defending Eastern Conference Champions the Detroit Pistons. The Celtics open the away slate as they travel to Charlotte to take on a conference foe in the Bobcats, Saturday, November 5. It is the first of 18 back-to-back games in the 2005-2006 campaign.
The NBA World Champion San Antonio Spurs, led by Tim Duncan, visit Boston on Friday, November 11. In addition, Western Conference powerhouses Phoenix Suns, led by MVP Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire visit the TD BankNorth Garden on Wednesday, February 1, the Los Angeles Lakers with Kobe Bryant and Head Coach Phil Jackson come to Boston on Monday, March 20, and Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves visit on Wednesday, January 18.
Exciting features of the 2005-2006 schedule include LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers visiting the TD BankNorth Garden on Wednesday, February 15 and on Monday, April 17; Shaquille O’Neal, Antoine Walker and the Miami Heat visit Boston on Wednesday, March 1 and on Wednesday, April 19, and the Celtics host Jermaine O’Neal, Ron Artest and the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, December 14 and Friday, March 3.
The longest homestand of the season is a four-game stretch beginning Friday November 25 vs. Charlotte and ending Friday, December 2 vs. Chicago. The longest road trip of the upcoming season will be two five-game trips during December. The Celtics will play five straight games on the road beginning on Sunday, December 4 at New York, and ending on Saturday, December 10 with a visit to Dallas. The second five-game trip begins with a trip to Seattle Monday, December 26, and ending on Monday, January 2 at Denver.
For the 25th consecutive year, Fox Sports Net New England will continue to be the exclusive television home of Celtics basketball games. The team will also appear on national television 17 times during the course of the season, beginning on Sunday, November 13 when they host Tracy McGrady and the Houston Rockets on NBATV. The Celtics will appear on NBATV on eight other occasions. The Celtics will appear on ESPN or ESPN2 six times, including Sunday, February 26 when they visit the L.A. Lakers. The team is scheduled for one appearance on ABC when they visit the Indiana Pacers on Sunday, March 19, and one appearance on TNT when they visit Miami Thursday, March 16. The Boston Celtics radio broadcast returns to WRKO 680 AM who covered the Celtics during their championship runs of the late eighties.
With the exception of the Wednesday, April 5th game Vs. Washington which begins at 7:00 PM, all weeknight home games will begin at 7:30 PM.
For Celtics season ticket information, call 866-4CELTIX. Tickets for individual Celtics home games will go on sale Saturday, September 24, 2005.