Start circling the dates.
The 2008-09 NBA schedule has been released and that means the defending champion Celtics can now officially start plotting the course to banner No. 18.
There's more than a few games to note. The Celtics will open the season at home against LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. (banner No. 17 will go to the rafters that evening).
Their first crack at the Pistons comes on Nov. 9 at Auburn Hills, and Kevin Garnett's return to Minnesota comes Nov. 21. The Green will play in one of five matchups on Christmas Day, when they'll travel to Los Angeles to tangle with the Lakers in a Finals rematch.
A tough road stretch comes Feb. 11-25, when Boston boasts seven away dates (with the Feb. 15 All-Star Game in Phoenix tucked in between). Later, the C's host the Pistons for a Sunday afternoon showdown on March 1 and they'll host the Cavs and Magic on March 6 and 8.
For the Celtics' complete schedule, follow the links below: