C's lose six games to schedule cancellation

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Celtics vs. Heat on opening night? With cancellations, that's how it looks ... for now.With the NBA cancelling the first two weeks of the regular season Monday with no new collective bargaining agreement achieved, the Boston Celtics apparently have lost the first six games of their 2011-12 schedule.

Among the games axed are home games against Cleveland, Charlotte and the Los Angeles Clippers (which means no Blake Griffin visit to Boston next season), as well as road games at Atlanta, Indiana and Cleveland.

If you're the type that can find a silver lining, you'll focus on the fact that Boston's season-opener went from a lackluster visit from the Cavaliers to a potential ESPN Wednesday night blockbuster against the Miami Heat on Nov. 16. That's followed with a visit to Orlando the next night for a TNT national broadcast.

Alas, that assumes no further cancellations.

“Despite extensive efforts, we have not been able to reach a new agreement with the players’ union that allows all 30 teams to be able to compete for a championship while fairly compensating our players,” NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement Monday night in announcing the cancellations.

For more on Monday's failed labor negotiations, hop HERE.