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As I have been fearing for almost a year now, it looks like when the lockout ends (not a guarantee that it will next week) and the season begins on December 15th, the NBA will move to make-up several of the missed games in order to maximize revenue. This means even though a month and a half of games will have been missed (approximately 23 games), instead of playing a 59 game season (which would benefit a veteran team like the C's), we will have a crammed 72 game season.

Expect more back to backs and several 5 game weeks. It will take a great marathon outlook on Doc Rivers part in order to enable the Celtics to still have legs come playoff time. Doc will have to limit the Big 3's minutes and/or rest them completely on some nights. Jermaine O'Neal too. Doc will have to play rookie JaJuan Johnson at times down the stretch of a game, when KG really is needed. Assuming that he comes back, Jeff Green will have to be a go to guy on days that Pierce and KG need rest. Danny will have to find a couple additional centers (on the cheap) to make up for the two he traded last winter (Perk and Semih).

There was no way the NBA wouldn't compress a shortened season. Too much money to lose. This is the reason I never understood the argument from knowledgeable Celtics fans that a shortened season would somehow help the Celtics. It's the exact opposite. Let's hope Doc takes the long view and sacrifices some games during the regular season in order to give us a shot at #18 come springtime. And as fans, hopefully we will respect that the C's vets won't play every game or will have to have their minutes reduced significantly.

There is no guarantee the players will accept the deal next week. If they don't accept it. Then things get worse. Either there will be no season or an even more compressed season (with back to back to backs) will be scheduled once the greedy owners and players finally do reach a deal.

JR 11/11/2011 03:40:00 PM Edit
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8 Responses so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Like I've said before this schedule can be tough for us. Playing 4 games in 5 nights with back to back games don't help the Celtics. Yiredness will take its effect on the Big 3 especially on KG. I don't think KG can maintain the aggressive stamina for 3 games back to back. They'll be really tired when playoff comes.
    Last year we were horrible in back to back games.
    The season should be cancelled completely so the C's can start fresh. It it doesn't winning #18 will be very hard to do.

    -Mango

  2. tb727 says:

    I couldn't agree much more. Celtics should literally just make sure they can be a top 8 seed. Knicks made the finals back in 1999 because they hit their stride right at playoff time. Maybe the Celtics can steal a title that way.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I think the Celtics can rest and just take the #8 seed and pull another 09-10 season and upset teams holding homecourt advantage! This time, with Banner #18!

  4. Patti says:

    We can do this--we want it bad enough! Let's just get the fucking season started already!!!!!!!! GOOOOOOO CELTICS!!!!!!!!!

  5. Bohemian says:

    We have no other choice. We need some good bench players to give much rest to the big 3. If there's a season, Ainge will have to do a fast and effective job getting us some fresh blood and legs for our team. At least they've had time during the lockout to evaluate our free agency chances.

    It would help if JaJuan Johnson can contribute in his rookie year...

  6. Anonymous says:

    Celtics would have no home-court advantage if they finish 8th..

  7. Karl says:

    We'd have no chance with a 72 game schedule. I hope this doesn't happen.

  8. Three Toe says:

    I don't think there will be a season this year. There are still so many demands on both sides that haven't even been touched yet. They may be illusionary, as in just bargaining tactics, but it regardless, it shows that neither side is close to settling.

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