|Posted by shawn cassidy on October 19, 2013 at 5:20 AM|
Many believe Rondo's not coming back when the season starts because of the tough November. I wouldn't go that far, but it's likely for the best that he comes back in December. The scheudle is unkind to say the least.
So no, Stevens does not want to make excuses about the schedule. But he’s aware of the difficult November slate, which some in the Celtics organization have already noticed as particularly daunting.
“No I don’t (worry about the calendar),” said Stevens. “I know the calendar and I know big picture what we want to do with our team, with regard to rest. So no, I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about it. But we do plan for it, and we need to plan for it. You talk around our office, the guys that have been in the NBA, November’s as challenging as some of those guys have seen.”
During November the Celtics have 18 games, including 10 games on the road and six sets of back-to-backs. And the opponents during that stretch aren’t cupcakes – one of the back-to-backs features road bouts at the improved Pistons and tough Grizzlies; another is a Texas trip to meet the Rockets and Spurs; a third ends with a visit to Miami; a fourth brings a home game against the Pacers, followed by a road contest the next night in Atlanta; and a fifth includes hosting Portland, then traveling to Minnesota for a game the next night. During the month, the Celtics have nine games against 2013 playoff teams, plus meetings with Minnesota, Cleveland, Portland and Detroit – all potential postseason squads in 2014.
Six sets of
back-to-backs? The NBA has always given the C's a crazy amount of
back-to-back's, and it's an odd way to start of the year, and at least
it's out of the way. If the Celtics can survive the month without Rondo
with a 6-12 record or something to that effect. Then maybe, just maybe
the C's can still make the playoffs, if Rondo has his team dialed in on