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2012 NBA schedule: Celtics head on tough road trip, starting Christmas in Brooklyn

The Boston Celtics will be on the road until 2013, as their next four games are on the road, starting with games against the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers.

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The Boston Celtics won't have an easy holiday season, as they take on a pair of tough opponents on the road this week starting with a Christmas Day game.

It's been a bit of a rough patch for Boston, who have lost four of five. It won't get any easier: first up are the Brooklyn Nets, on Christmas in Brooklyn. The Nets are struggling too -- they've dropped eight of ten -- but have had the C's number this year, winning both outings between the two teams. However, they haven't yet beaten a Boston team with Rajon Rondo fully participating: he was hurt for a 102-97 loss on Nov. 16, and got ejected after only 18 minutes of court time in a 95-83 loss on Nov. 28, although the team was already down by quite a bit when that incident happened.

Next up are the Los Angeles Clippers, who are on an absolute tear, winning their last 12 in a row. And they haven't just been winning, they've been running teams out of the gym, winning their last four games by double digits. They have the league's fourth-best offensive efficiency and fourth-best defensive efficiency, with Blake Griffin and Chris Paul doing their thing while Jamal Crawford has provided a critical scoring boost off the bench.

Here's a look at the team's weekday outings, plus other nationally televised games:

Tuesday, Dec. 25

Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets, 12 p.m., ESPN

New York Knicks vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 3 p.m., ABC

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Miami Heat, 5:30 p.m., ABC

Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls, 8 p.m., ESPN

Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 p.m., ESPN

Wednesday, Dec. 26

New York Knicks vs. Phoenix Suns, 9 p.m., NBATV

Thursday, Dec. 27

Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 8 p.m., TNT

Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 p.m., TNT