Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Boston Celtics Playing on Opening Night and Christmas Day

Boston Celtics Playing on Opening Night and Christmas Day

The NBA announced the matchups for both its Tip-Off week for the 2017-18 season and Christmas Day slate Thursday, with the Celtics receiving intriguing matchups for both events.

The Warriors also will be featured on Christmas Day when they play host to the Cleveland Cavaliers at noon on ABC in a rematch of the previous three NBA Finals.

The Golden State Warriors will open their tittle defense by hosting Houston in Chris Paul's Rockets debut on October 17, the NBA's earliest opening night in 37 years.

As expected, Golden State will face the Cleveland Cavaliers for the third season in a row on Christmas Day, also at Oracle Arena.

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One of the newest tandems in the league - Paul George and Russell Westbrook - will debut in front of the Oklahoma City Thunder faithful against the New York Knicks on October 19. The Pittsburgh Steelers play the Texans in Houston at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC and the Oakland Raiders will play the Eagles in Philadelphia in the standard Monday Night Football position at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

It's not hard to see why the New York Knicks still make for a compelling Christmas Day team, right?

Whether Irving or Carmelo Anthony will be a part of those first two games is a mystery at this point, with both players being involved in trade talks.

The 7:30 p.m. nightcap of TNT's opening-night doubleheader will lead off with the Warriors receiving their National Basketball Association championship rings and the raising of the championship banner. That was Washington's first Christmas Day game since 2008. Either way, these are the two top teams in the East. That game is followed by Butler's first game with the Wolves, in San Antonio.

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