2017 ScheduleAll times ET

2017 Schedule
48-34, 2nd in Atlantic
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Gerald Green on why he wanted to play for Celtics (1:03)
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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Gerald Green on Celtics: "When we played them in Miami, they looked like they were having so much fun. I wanted to be part of that."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Al Horford said when he played in Boston during his rookie year he was hypnotized by the banners. "I couldn't stop looking up... It's powerful."

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Avery Bradley wrote KG a letter thanking him (0:59)
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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Avery Bradley wrote KG a letter upon hearing he retired, thanking him for what he meant to his career.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he's enjoyed the dialogue with his players regarding the protests seen in other sports during the national anthem. He's OK with his players using their stage to promote positive social change. Marcus Smart said Celtics players have discussed what they might do as a team but would not reveal any plans until team feels it's right time.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Smart tweaked the rust-tinged mohawk a bit for the new season.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Danny Ainge on whether Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will have their numbers retired in Boston: "You guys know the answer to that."

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Danny Ainge on lofty projections for his team: "We want our expectations to be higher."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk cleared for non-contact drills. Will be reevaluated Oct. 15 to address next step in recovery from shoulder surgery.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics training camp roster:

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Pierce to return for 19th season, then retire

Paul Pierce announced Monday in The Players' Tribune that he will return for his 19th NBA season and then retire, finishing out his career with Doc Rivers in Los Angeles.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lastly, Kevin Garnett to me in 2014 on working with younger players and what he believes today's game is lacking: "The fact that I was able to help guys progress, I've helped guys become men. I've helped guys communicate and taught them how to communicate to others [who] didn't necessarily understand [them]. I think our game is lacking a bit of that. We seek approval from each other by being friends and guys work out together. If that's the times, that's the times. But true competition comes in, ‘There's a winner, and there's a loser.' And I don't know anybody who wants to be a loser, who's calling themselves a wimp…I'm not saying you've got to hate a guy, but if you do, I understand when you're between the lines. And 'hate' is a very strong word, so I would use the word 'dislike.' I get it. To me, that's alpha. That's leadership. A leader is going to show more in his actions versus his words."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

More from Kevin Garnett to me in 2014 on his philosophy and what he wanted to instill in his teammates: "I'll be honest, I'm old school, man. We're out here to beat these guys. We're not out here to be their friends. We're not out here to make any friends. Ain't no friends out here. I've played against two of my best friends in the world in that being Chauncey Billups and Tyron Lue. It don't get no more closer than that. And I'm out here trying to bust they a-- like they trying to bust mine. So coming in, we instill something, whether it's the coach [or me] and that's to compete and be the best. And being the best, that means you wasn't going to be liked by everybody and you wasn't going to be friends with everybody…If ain't nobody feeling that, then you know what? Be yourself. But this is how we're going to win…We didn't make any friends. You can be his friend after we're done…"

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Garnett to me in 2014 on his philosophy: "My makeup is to be competitive and to win. If you're not stepping on, then you're the one being stepped on…I'm an alpha. I'm an alpha, man. I like to think that the game is to be dominated. There wasn't any room for anything else. I'm playing with young guys who are super younger than me and more athletic, faster, however, whatever. But I have to set an alpha-ness about the whole thing and instill leadership and all these other things. Like I said earlier, sometimes you would buck and you'd butt heads. But the younger generation, I think they look for a lot more approval from their peers and satisfaction and the comments that people make and [from] articles. Look here, man, if you work on your game and you get better, then you're going to be better, which hopefully means that you're going to play better and have confidence to do things better. And when you're better, all things change people's perception. When it comes to being a better person and how you treat people, that's on you. But when it comes to the game, you don't need to get anybody's approval. You just need to work on your game, work your ass off, stay true to your craft, perfect and try to perfect as much of the things that you do well. Try to perfect those. But the things you don't do well, work on them even more."

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Kevin Garnett leaves as his era's most influential NBA star

Kevin Garnett altered a decade of drafts, the NBA salary structure and how superstars assemble. And after a Hall of Fame career, the Big Ticket's impact on the NBA might never be matched.

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The whistle won't stop KG from blocking your shot (0:35)
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Garnett bids 'farewell,' announces NBA retirement

Kevin Garnett announced his retirement from the NBA after 21 years, leaving a legacy as one of the best defensive players and most intense competitors in league history.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Count Celtics assistant general manager Mike Zarren among those excited about Boston's potential this season (and he's got an advanced screening recently).

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KG's perseverance led to fairytale ending (3:08)
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Passion and toughness made Garnett a superstar (3:09)

Team Stats

Points Per Game105.75th
Rebounds Per Game44.96th
Assists Per Game24.26th
Points Allowed102.513th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2015-164834.585
2014-154042.488
2013-142557.305
2012-134140.506
2011-123927.591

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