Preseason basketball is closer than you think

Don't look now, but we are just over two months away from Boston Celtics basketball:

While the full preseason schedule has not been released (it should be coming in the next few days), we now know that the Celtics will be facing their Atlantic Division foes. The Philadelphia 76ers will host the Celtics on the sixth of October, before paying a visit to the TD Garden just three days later.

Why do we care? It's not like these games count. However, while they may not count towards the win or loss column, these games are a great time to gain some chemistry. With only six returning players, and the season beginning two weeks earlier then it has in recent years, these preseason games may be more important than ever. Many have alluded to the influx of young players as well, and while the Summer League can be a fun tease, preseason games give the rookies a taste of true NBA talent. There is no better way for Brad Stevens to know what he is working with than to see his players in game action.

For fans, it is a chance to get a look at the young, exciting 76ers. Will this be the year they finally get over the hump? The players in Philly seem to think so, and a nucleus of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz is hard to not find intriguing. How much they play is anyone's guess, as they have all struggled with injuries in their budding careers. However, even if limited, watching them play together is worth tuning in for.

Will you guys tune in for preseason games? Do you think these games are even necessary? Give me your thoughts! Thanks for reading!

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