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The Celtics and Brooklyn Nets will face off in a pair of preseason games this fall, including an Oct. 23 meeting at TD Garden that the Nets, in their announcement Thursday, stated would mark “the return of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to Boston.” Given that their much-anticipated return is expected to be one of the most emotional moments in recent Celtics history, there’s a realistic chance that Garnett and Pierce, and perhaps even Terry, who were all dealt to the Nets in a blockbuster trade in July, could miss the trip and wait until the regular season to play their first game at TD Garden as Nets
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