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NBA Lockout 2011: Celtics To Face Knicks On Christmas Day?

The Boston Celtics were originally scheduled to face the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Christmas Day, and with the NBA Lockout tentatively being lifted on Saturday, it appears that will be the C's season opener.

However, there is no definitive word as to whether or not the NBA will keep the current schedule intact, with commissioner David Stern telling reporters that the season will open on Dec. 25 with a triple-header, but not indicating which teams will play. But with the Celtics being one of the league's marquee franchises, it seems likely they would be one of the six teams.

Boston faced New York eight times last season, with four regular season meetings and four games in the opening round of the playoffs. The Celtics won all eight games, including a sweep of the Knicks in the postseason.

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