With the 2011-2012 season bearing down on the Boston Celtics as it rapidly approaches its Christmas Day tipoff, the team is scrambling to get ready.
The rosters aren't even set and practices have begun. If you think the preseason schedule is jam packed and hectic, wait until the regular season starts. That's when things promise to get really hectic.
The schedule is packed. It's actually going to be a legitimate story this season. Every season features griping about the schedule. Most seasons those gripes are really just sour grapes. Fans or players claiming an occasional back-to-back string of road games contributed to a short losing streak.
Those two games probably didn't help things but they don't happen frequently enough to validate a laundry list of gripes.
That's most seasons. This season, those gripes might have more merit because the schedule is absolutely brutal. This season the schedule features 66 games in 124 days. That's an average of more than one game every other day. Those back-to-back games that teams apparently don't like? There's going to be more than a few of them.
The Celtics, like many other teams aren't too happy about the schedule. They aren't too happy about the rushed training camps and practices and the decided lack of preseason games. With more than a week until the season starts the Celtics have already voiced some critical opinions about the pace in which this abridged season is progressing.
Of course it doesn't matter whether they like it or not, they still have to play it. The Celtics still need to find a way to navigate this brutal schedule which will pose an especially unique challenge for an aging veteran team such as the Celtics.
Buried within the schedule are a few easy stretches and a whole host of tough ones. Where are the toughest stretches? What is Head Coach Doc Rivers looking at most fearfully as the Celtics prepare to embark on what may very well be the final season of " The Big Three"?