Every year, it seems like there is a stretch of games during the regular season that makes or breaks a team. That may not be as important to a team that is all but guaranteed to make the playoffs like the Boston Celtics, but it can still serve as a barometer to see what the club is really made of.
That critical part of the 2012-13 for the Celtics will begin right after the All-Star break and run right through the middle of March. What makes that stretch so crucial, you ask? Well, during that three week period, Boston plays nine of its 11 games on the road, and almost all of those games will come against quality teams.
This past year, the C's made their move at the conclusion of the All-Star break, going 24-10 after trudging into the hiatus with a 15-17 record.
Hopefully this season, they won't be in such a position.
Let's examine these 11 games.