Welcome back to the Celtics season tipoff countdown!

Each day, we’ll give a review of news surrounding the Celtics. We’ll also look back in history to see what happened on today’s date in team history (August 9th). To round out the day’s post, we’ll give you stats and fun facts related to the number of days remaining before the first game (66 today). Let’s get to it!

Recent Team News

The NBA released more schedule news, revealing that the Celtics will play their second game of the season on October 19 against the Toronto Raptors. The team will take a trip north of the border to match up with the new-look Raps, who are now Kawhi Leonard’s team. Boston now knows the details of three of their games: this one, the opening night matchup, and the Christmas Day matchup, the latter two of which will be against the 76ers in Boston.

In other news, Cedric Maxwell turned heads with a comment on Celtics Beat podcast. He said that Kevin Garnett “was the best all-around player the Celtics ever had”. While Garnett was a great player, it feels like he’s overlooking other Boston greats in Bill Russell and Larry Bird.

On This Date

August 10, 1960: Celtics guard Carlos Clark is born. The guard played from 1983-1985 with the organization and won a championship as part of the 1984 team. He was waived in 1986 and went overseas to continue his career.

Stats (2017-18)

  • Semi Ojeleye’s three-point attempt rate was 66 percent. This means that 66 percent of Ojeleye’s total field goals attempted were from beyond the arc.

Fun Facts

  • In 1966, the Celtics continued their magical run of championships by defeating the Lakers in the NBA Finals.
  • Scot Pollard remains the only Celtic to ever don the number 66.
  • Boston listed Jabari Bird’s height at 6 foot 6 last year.

That concludes today’s Countdown to Celtics Tipoff. Make sure to be back here tomorrow as the clock continues to tick towards the 2018-19 season!