The Boston Celtics came oh so close to a trip to the NBA Finals last season. In the end, they lost in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals to the Miami Heat, the eventual champions. On Thursday night, the Celtics will get a first look at the road map back to the postseason when the league releases the 2012-2013 NBA schedule.
One big detail about Boston's schedule has already leaked. They will open the season against the Heat on October 30 at American Airlines Arena in Miami. That will also be their first look at Ray Allen in a Heat uniform, sure to be a notable occasion in and of itself.
The NBA will release the 2012-2013 schedule at 7 p.m. on Thursday night in a prime time special on NBA TV.