|Posted by shawn cassidy on August 12, 2013 at 5:15 AM|
It's been about week now, and I have digested the schdule a bit.
I was happy to see the Celtics off on Christmas day. They have a mini vacation during Christmas time, which is nice for the players. They have five days off from December 22nd when they play the Pacers in Indiana, and until December 28th when the play Cleveland at home. For so many seasons the Celtics would be on the road on Christmas day, they didn't have one game at home in the past five years they've played on Christmas. They would also hit the west coast often after the Christmas day game.
In the final month of the season, the Celtics play against borderline 8th seed teams, or lottery teams. I find that to be a good thing for the Celtics if they're in the hunt at that point. In the final month they have 8 games, two against the Wizards, who were near the bottom of the league last season. Some believe the Wizards are a team that threatens for the 7th or 8th seed in the East. The Celtics will also see the 76ers twice who have been dismantled, and rebuilding. In the final four games the Celtics see potential teams in the East that are in the playoff hunt. They will see Cleveland in Cleveland on April 12th. They will see a new look Bobcats team, and a new look Pistons team in April, along with the Hawks who are different.
In years past the Celtics have never seen an April like this. In some April's the Celtics already packed up for the playoffs. This year they will be fighting for their playoff lives perhaps.
Something else that stands out is the fact that the Celtics see the Heat and Bulls just three times in 2014. In years past they have faced off four times. This time around it's a different story. The Celtics do play division rivals New York, and Brooklyn their regular four times.
The Celtics season starts in my view with three winnable games, and sometimes a little momentum goes along way. Especially with a new roster and new coach. The Celtics start off in Toronto, and then open the season on November 1st at home. The Celtics then take off to Detroit. These games are winnable, but nothing is a guarantee in the NBA, and with a team that we have no idea of.
The Celtics play 11 out of their first 19 games on the road. At least this team will face some early adversity in the young season. The Celtics don't seem to have enough constituency on the schedule. The only thing that looks consistent are the road trips. Out of the 6 months. Only December and March have the Celtics home more than on the road. The Celtics play 41 and 41 home and away, but I don't see a real rhythm for this young team.
January looks to be the big month. They play the Nets, Knicks, the Thunder twice, Rockets, Clippers, Miami, Warriors, and the Lakers on the small list. You have other games against an improved Pelicans team. You have another game against a scrappy Nuggets team. Portland is another team that could give the Celtics some trouble. The month of January could make or break the Celtics season.
We all know the Celtics have been bumped off national games, and we know the small list of big games. The Celtics won't have to worry about resting players for playoff runs this year, and back-to-backs don't worry me anymore. Down below is a piece from last week when the schedule came out.
The Celtics open the season at Toronto on Oct. 30. The home opener is two days later, Nov. 1, against Milwaukee.Rivers and his Clippers will come to town on Dec. 11. The night before, the Celtics will play at Brooklyn, their first meeting against the Nets with Pierce and Garnett. Pierce and KG will play at the Garden on Jan. 26, and the Nets will return on March 7.
The one and only visit to Boston by the Heat is on March 19, and the NBA decided to help out the Heat a bit. They will have Boston play the other two games in Miami. I guess it could be worse. We could have played them one more time. It's the Celtics year to only play the Heat three times.
The Lakers will come to town on Jan. 17. The Lakers have three games on national TV. The first is on December 6th against the Nuggets. Out of the three the Celtics have that one makes no sense. The other two are the Nets at Boston on January 26th, and the Celtics at the Lakers in February.The Celtics have 19 back-to-backs, which in past years was a death sentence, and now with a young team. I could care less.
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