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NBA Playoffs 2012 Schedule: Boston Celtics Open Against Atlanta Hawks On Sunday

The initial 2012 NBA Playoffs schedule was released on Thursday, and the Boston Celtics will begin their first round series with the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, April 29. The time is to be determined.

Home court advantage still has not been determined in the series -- if the Celtics win Thursday night against the Milwaukee Bucks and the Hawks fall to the Dallas Mavericks, the Celtics will host the first game in the series. Otherwise, the Hawks will earn home court.

The rest of the games will be scheduled at a later date.

Doc Rivers said before Tuesday's game against the Miami Heat that he was hoping for a Sunday start to the series, which provides the Celtics with an extra day of rest as they try to get healthy after a series of nagging injuries have affected several of the team's top players.

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