Celtics will see few days of rest in the next month
Yesterday's game against the Detroit Pistons began what will be a jam-packed month for the Boston Celtics. In the next ten days, the team will play in three back-to-back matchups, and will see five such meetings within the next month. The first of which will be tonight, versus the Chicago Bulls. The team travelled to Chicago late last night after they found vengeance over the Pistons, in a 91-81 victory in Detroit.
The remaining back-to-backs will go as followed:
At then end of this week, the Cs will will take on the Utah Jazz and the Memphis Grizzlies on consecutive nights.
Next week, they will host the Miami Heat, which will be followed by a trip to Madison Square Garden to visit the New York Knicks.
Just after Christmas, the Celts will play the Hornets, in Charlotte, and then will fly home to battle the Houston Rockets.
Lastly, a few days after the New Year, the team will face the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Brooklyn Nets in back-to-back matchups.
The Celtics will only have four days of rest in the next eleven days, as they'll play seven games in that time period. In the next 18 days, they'll suit up eleven times.
The Celtics have been anticipating this stretch for a while, which is why Brad Stevens has limited each players' minutes. No player on the Celtics can be found in the NBA's top-30 for the category. Al Horford currently leads the squad in minutes per game. He sees 32.7 minutes of floor time per contest.
The Celtics today enter their most difficult schedule stretch of the year...12 games in 19 days.
"Eveything we've done minutes-wise has been building towards this day" - Brad Stevens
LeBron James (1007) leads the NBA in minutes played.
The Celtics have no one in the top 30.
The congested weeks ahead may be a reason why so many players will sit out tonight's game versus the Bulls, who can currently be found in dead last in the Eastern Conference with a record of 5-20. Kyrie Irving will miss the game, Al Horford is questionable, and it was just proclaimed the Marcus Morris will miss a few weeks because of a lingering knee injury.
Full #NEBHInjuryReport for tonight in Chicago: Injury report for tonight: - Al Horford - questionable (right knee contusion) - Kyrie Irving - out (left quad contusion) - Marcus Morris - out (left knee rehab) - Gordon Hayward - out (left ankle fracture)
This crowded stint of the schedule is there for a reason. At the beginning of January, from the 7th to the 15th of the month, the Celtics will only play one game. They will have four days off before the matchup, and then four days off after the game. Why? For travel reasons. On January 11th, the team will face off against the Philadelphia 76ers in London! The game is a hot ticket too. On Stubhub, the cheapest seat right now is a cool 350 Euro, which converts to over $400! We may be seeing an NBA team in London sooner than we think!
This team is built for the stretch. They can, and have, played their bench deep into games, which is something that we'll likely see for the next month.