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Hornets to host Celtics, Mavs for October exhibitions

Duke fans can check out former Blue Devil Jayson Tatum when the Boston Celtics come to Spectrum Center Oct. 11 for a preseason exhibition against the Charlotte Hornets.
Duke fans can check out former Blue Devil Jayson Tatum when the Boston Celtics come to Spectrum Center Oct. 11 for a preseason exhibition against the Charlotte Hornets. AP

The Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks will be at Spectrum Center for preseason exhibitions against the Charlotte Hornets in October.

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Dallas Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr. (1), who played at N.C. State, will be in Charlotte for a preseason exhibition Oct. 13. John Locher AP

The Celtics, with rookie (and former Duke big man) Jayson Tatum, will play in Charlotte Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. The Mavericks (with former N.C. State point guard Dennis Smith) are here Oct. 13, with a 6 p.m. tip-off.

The Hornets’ other three preseason exhibitions: Oct. 2 at Boston; Oct. 4 at the Detroit Pistons’ new downtown arena; and Oct. 9 at the Miami Heat.

The NBA has shortened the preseason to add days to the regular season. That reduced the number of exhibitions the Hornets play in October.

The NBA’s regular-season schedule will be released later this month.

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