The Sixers and Celtics games this upcoming season will be exciting as hell to watch, but at least one game between the two teams won’t be played in either Philadelphia or Boston. According to a report from the Boston Herald, the Sixers and Celtics will travel to London on January 11th and play in the O2 Arena.
No, not London, Ontario, Canada. London, England.
According to involved sources, the Celts will meet the 76ers in London next January. The schedule for the coming season is expected to be released next month, with the league’s Global Games potentially being announced prior to that.
The Celtics-Philadelphia matchup will be a regular season affair — not an exhibition — and will be a 76ers home game. That means Philly fans will have one fewer opportunity to see Jayson Tatum and Markelle Fultz, the third and first overall picks from last month’s draft, respectively, involved in the major pre-draft trade between the clubs.
The game will be on Thursday, January 11th at The O2 Arena, the same site where the Celtics met Minnesota in a preseason game in October 2007.
The NBA’s Board of Governors met to come up with ways to improve game flow, which is how this news leaked. Some notes:
- The 2017-18 season begins earlier and the schedule with stretch more days.
- Teams will have seven timeouts per game, not nine. They can use only two timeouts in the last three minutes of the game.
- All timeouts are now 75 seconds.
You can follow Nick Piccone on Twitter (@nickpiccone) and e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Subscribe to his podcast on iTunes here and listen live on WildfireRadio.com every Friday at 6pm. Click here to read his pro wrestling articles on PhillyVoice. Follow Philly Influencer on Twitter (@PHL_Influencer), Facebook and Instagram.