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Celtics announce slate

By Julian Benbow
Globe Staff / August 19, 2011

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Though NBA players and owners seem no closer to a collective bargaining agreement than they were when the lockout started July 1, the league’s preseason schedule was announced yesterday.

The Celtics are scheduled to open their slate of eight exhibition games Oct. 10 against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence.

For the second straight preseason, the Celtics will stay within the Atlantic Division, playing home-and-home series with each team except the 76ers, though the term “home’’ is used loosely.

The Celtics will play the Knicks Oct. 15 at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y., then Oct. 22 at the XL Center in Hartford. They play the 76ers again Oct. 19 at the Mullins Center in Amherst.

The only two TD Garden exhibitions are Oct. 21 against the Raptors and Oct. 26 against the Nets.

They play at Toronto Oct. 16 and at New Jersey Oct. 24.

The start of the preseason comes close to the date that several players have considered their cutoff for deciding whether to play overseas. Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was one of several players who said recently that they will wait until Oct. 1 to see how labor talks are progressing before deciding whether to play international ball.

The Celtics are scheduled to open the regular season Nov. 2 at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Julian Benbow can be reached at jbenbow@globe.com.

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