Part of the process of playing an abbreviated season means that all teams could of possibly played between 1-3 back-to-back-to-back game swings.
When the scheduled was released, the Celtics were scheduled for this only once.
Starting on April 13th, the Celtics will play at Toronto, at New Jersey and then at Charlotte on three consecutive nights. The Celtics will then have a night off before playing in New York on the 17th and then return home to host the Magic on the 18th.
That is five games in six nights. A task that seems even worse when you consider that all but one of the games are on the road.
This could very well be the final nail in the coffin for the Celtics’ season. Playing this many games in this many nights is not something this team is built to withstand. Let alone weather this storm when the games mean a little more as teams jockey for either a playoff berth or a better seeding.
This grueling schedule helps reinforce the need for a deep bench. The Celtics cannot afford to rely on their star players for the long haul. At this point, the stars will keep them in the games, but their bench is going to win the games for them.
A lot of chatter has the Celtics in hot pursuit of Chris Paul and in fact he does make the Celtics a better team for the short-term, but at what cost. The new look Celtics are about a year away and we need to shake things up at least once more if the Celtics plan on making a legitimate run. The free agency period is just upon us and it is going to be a whirlwind ride like no other.