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 5th). 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 (71 today). Let’s get to it!

Recent Team News

Many former Celtics returned to play in the TD Garden as the BIG3 League visited Boston on Friday night. Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Nate Robinson, Brian Scalabrine, and Jermaine O’Neal all returned to the parquet. Ryan Gomes, Xavier Silas, Chauncey Billups, Ryan Hollins, and Mike James also were former Celtics who revisited the old stomping ground. In the league founded by rapper Ice Cube, teams play three-on-three, halfcourt basketball. Among other altered rules, there is a four-point spot on the court. Check out more coverage of the BIG3 on the site!

On This Date

August 5th is apparently the most forgettable date in Boston history, as nothing noteworthy happened on this day in history.


  • Jaylen Brown attempted 7.1 two pointers per game last season, converting on an average of 3.8. He shot 51% from inside the arc last year.
  • The Celtics as a team last year averaged 7.1 steals per game in the month of January. They also averaged that many in losses, and also in games played at home.

Fun Facts

  • Robert Parish, who joined forces with Larry Bird and Kevin McHale, stands 7’1″ in height. He was with the team from 1980-1994. The Hall of Famer was an All-Star in nine of those seasons.

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  • The 1971 Celtics were one of few Celtics teams during that era to miss the playoffs. Under coach Tom Heinsohn, the team went 44-38 to finish third in the Atlantic division.

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!