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    Celtics to open playoffs vs. Knicks on Saturday

    The Celtics will begin their playoff series with the Knicks on Saturday at Madison Square Garden at 3 p.m. on ABC and will play their first home game since the Boston Marathon bombings on April 26 at 8 p.m.

    The NBA released the seven-game schedule for the Celtics-Knicks clash with a two-day break between Games 1 and 2 and between Games 2 and 3 and between Games 4 and 5. The Celtics planned to travel from Toronto to New York on Thursday and will practice Friday in New York in preparation for their Game 1 opener with the Knicks.

    Here is the full schedule with times and network:

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    Game 1 -- Sat April 20 Boston at New York, 3 p.m. ABC

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    Game 2 -- Tue April 23 Boston at New York, 8 p.m. TNT

    Game 3 -- Fri April 26 New York at Boston, 8 p.m ESPN

    Game 4 -- Sun April 28 New York at Boston, 1 p.m. ABC

    Game 5 * Wed May 1 Boston at New York, TBD

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    Game 6 * Fri May 3 New York at Boston, TBD

    Game 7 * Sun May 5 Boston at New York, TBD

    * if necessary