2018 SeasonAll times ET

2018 Schedule
0-0, 1st in Atlantic
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Big Moves of the NBA's Rich and Famous (2:24)
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Nichols on Irving tribute: 'Put an end to the storyline' (1:48)
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6hDave McMenamin

JR Smith thinks LeBron will play, Lue unsure

According to JR Smith, LeBron James is 'going to play' in the Cleveland Cavaliers' regular-season opener against Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics. James has missed four of the Cavaliers' five preseason games with a sprained left ankle.

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BPI likes Warriors' chances for a repeat

The Warriors head into Tuesday's season opener as the runaway favorites to win the NBA title, according to ESPN's Basketball Power Index. The Celtics are a distant second, followed by the Rockets, Cavaliers and Spurs in a three-way tie for third-best odds.

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9hChris Forsberg

Irving embraces Celtics culture, expectations

Kyrie Irving is embracing the expectations and culture of the Celtics, while downplaying his opening night matchup against the Cavaliers.

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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James and three former Celtics (Jeff Green, Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder) get up shots together a day before the Cavs play Boston.

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NBA Power Rankings: Living in a Warriors world

The West is as stacked as it has ever been. But can any of the conference's revamped rosters challenge Golden State? Who will rise in a depleted East? Our panel reveals its league hierarchy on the eve of a new season.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Will former Boston Celtics wing Jae Crowder defend new Boston Celtics swingman Gordon Hayward when the Cleveland Cavaliers open up the season against Boston on Tuesday? "I expect to guard everybody on the floor," Crowder said. "That's just what I do."

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Irving energized, excited for opening night (0:49)
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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyrie Irving on opening night: "The excitement and the energy is there, but I think everything extra has been created by outside influence."

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1dChris Forsberg

Stevens: Morris to miss start of regular season

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Sunday that projected starting forward Marcus Morris will miss the start of the regular season and the team will re-evaluate him later this month to see when he might be ready for game action.

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Hayward: We're coming together nicely (0:42)
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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Gordon Hayward ready for opening night: "Lot of things happened this summer, lot of buildup, I'm just ready to get to the games. It's gonna be a fun matchup for sure."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens suggests that opening night lineup likely: Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, and Al Horford.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyrie Irving continues to downplay return to Cleveland: "Man, it's just hoops." He understands the hype but says anything more is from "outside influence."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Marcus Morris is experiencing right knee soreness and is expected to sit out first week of the season.

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Perfiles 2018 NBA: Kyrie Irving (0:34)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum on comparisons to Paul Pierce: "Pretty high expectations. He was one of the best players to ever play, especially in Boston. It's an honor to be in the same sentence as his name."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Aron Baynes, who sprained in his left knee in preseason play last week, said he's progressed faster than expected, participated fully in Saturday's practice, and is on track to play in Tuesday's season-opener versus the Cleveland Cavaliers. "It's still day-to-day but, yeah, I'm gonna go out on a limb here, literally, and say I should be available."

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Irving downplays hype about return to Cleveland (1:42)
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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyrie Irving continues to downplay the hype about going back to Cleveland on opening night: "Personally, it's just basketball to me. … Going back as an opponent, it will be an adjustment, but I'm looking forward to it."

2017 Draft Picks

RD(PK)PLAYERPOSSCHOOL
1(3)Jayson TatumSFDuke
2(7)Semi OjeleyeSFSMU
2(23)Kadeem AllenPGArizona
2(26)Jabari BirdSGCalifornia

Team Stats

Points Per Game108.07th
Rebounds Per Game42.027th
Assists Per Game25.24th
Points Allowed105.415th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2017-1800.000
2016-175329.646
2015-164834.585
2014-154042.488
2013-142557.305