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Celtics to open preseason Oct. 2 against the Charlotte Hornets

Rookie Jayson Tatum and second-year pro Jaylen Brown will open the preseason against Charlotte.
Rookie Jayson Tatum and second-year pro Jaylen Brown will open the preseason against Charlotte.File/John Tlumacki/Globe staff

The Celtics will open the 2017 preseason against the Charlotte Hornets at TD Garden on Monday, Oct. 2. The four-game schedule was announced Monday and includes a pair of home-and-away series against the Hornets and the Philadelphia 76ers.

In addition to this year’s preseason opener, Boston’s other home appearance will be Monday, Oct. 9, against Philadelphia. The Celtics will also face the 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on Friday, Oct. 6, and will conclude preseason action on the road against the Hornets on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at the Spectrum Center.

All four of the Celtics’ preseason games will be televised on Comcast SportsNet New England. Tickets for all games played at TD Garden will go on sale at a later date.

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The NBA preseason is shorter this year as a result of the regular season being moved up eight days to Oct. 17, as a means of reducing the number of back-to-back games teams have to play. The Celtics played seven preseason games in each of the last two seasons, and eight preseason games in 2014.


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