Boston Celtics: 3 most exciting games from the 2021-22 schedule release

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Boston Celtics exciting game No. 2: November 24 vs. Brooklyn Nets

Anytime you can measure yourself up against the best of the best, it usually forces teams to play their best basketball. The Celtics are certainly hoping that’s true, and their first chance to do so comes on November 24th when the Brooklyn Nets come into town.

You could say there’s a bit of a rivalry between the two squads, but that ignores the fact that Brooklyn has dominated this team recently. They ended Boston’s season in the first round last year, and aside from an occasional outburst from Tatum, they did it with relative ease. Kyrie Irving‘s recent history with the Celtics provides an immediate reason to dislike this Nets team, but that’s as close to a rivalry this gets.

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For as much as Brooklyn dominated Boston last season, this is a different Celtics team from last season. They have a new coach, new players, and hopefully some new results as well. If Boston starts off the season well (which they have a good shot of doing), this contest against the Nets will provide Boston an opportunity to see where they stack up with the top team in the East.

A somewhat forgotten piece of the puzzle is the return of Jaylen Brown to the action. Brown missed the entire series against the Nets last season, and it’s fair to wonder whether or not the Celtics could have pulled out another win or two if he was out there with Tatum and co. Not only does he provide a second scoring option for the C’s, but his defensive abilities would have been helpful in slowing down Brooklyn’s potent offense.

It will be interesting to see whether this Boston team fares better than last season’s team did. They certainly have a different looking roster, and rather than relying almost solely on secondary production from young players, they have a new group of veterans to come in and help out. Depending on how the opening stages of the season go, a date against the Nets will provide both the Celtics and their fans a chance to see just how good this team could be this season.