Rapid reaction: C's 2011-12 schedule

First impressions after the NBA released the 2011-12 schedule, with the obvious disclaimer that the lockout could affect how the schedule looks when basketball actually resumes (Hop HERE for the full schedule):

The Boston Celtics will open their 2011-12 season on Wednesday, Nov. 2 by hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden. They shouldn't get comfortable, though, as 12 of Boston's first 19 games are on the road. Boston's schedule features 24 nationally televised games on ABC, ESPN and TNT (six more are on NBA TV).


Nov. 2: Cleveland at Boston (Opening night for the new season)

Nov. 16: Boston at Miami (Back to where the 2010-11 season ended)

Dec. 1: Miami at Boston (Heat's first visit to the Hub)

Dec. 25: Boston at New York (Christmas in the Big Apple)

Jan. 11: Dallas at Boston (First meeting with the world champs)

Jan. 16: Oklahoma City at Boston (Kendrick Perkins back in the Garden)

Feb. 9: L.A. Lakers at Boston (Rematch in L.A. on March 11)

Feb. 12: Chicago at Boston (First meeting with Bulls; ABC Sunday broadcast)

Feb. 22: Boston at Oklahoma City (Jeff Green's return to OKC)

April 18: Orlando at Boston (Regular-season finale at Garden)


Brutal start with only seven home games through Dec. 11, but Boston plays only 11 more road games through Feb. 15... A daunting mid-week back-to-back in mid-November against East rivals Miami and Orlando as part of three-game trip (which features three-day break after opening in Cleveland)... Celtics have a four-day break between a pair of home games in mid-December, a nice break after the road-heavy start... Typical to the early part of the new calendar year, the Celtics are home quite often on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in January (11 total games in first three weeks of the month)... Tough four-game road trip in late February featuring stops in Chicago, Houston, Dallas, and Oklahoma City over a seven-day stretch... The Celtics amazingly get nearly a full week off in late February (perfect to work in those trade deadline acquisitions), not playing from Feb. 23-Feb. 28... Boston should enjoy it since there's an incredibly daunting West Coast stretch in mid-March that takes the Celtics from L.A. to Phoenix to Golden State to Sacramento to Denver over a seven-day span... Don't unpack those suitcases, just four days later Boston heads out on another three-game road trip that visits Toronto, Atlanta, and San Antonio over a six-day span.


The Celtics' schedule features 20 back-to-backs this season, 16 of which close on the road. Why is that so daunting? Boston played 19 back-to-backs last season, only 11 of which closed on the road. Boston was 15-4 in the first night of back-to-backs, but just 8-11 on second nights, including a mere 3-11 in second games on the road. Here's the full breakdown for this year's back-to-back slate:

Nov. 4-5 at Atlanta, at Indiana

Nov. 11-12 vs. L.A. Clippers, at Cleveland

Nov. 16-17 at Miami, at Orlando

Nov. 22-23 at Washington, vs. Toronto

Dec. 8-9 at Portland, at Utah

Dec. 21-22 at New Jersey, vs. New York

Dec. 27-28 at Memphis, at New Orleans

Jan. 6-7 vs. Indiana, at Detroit

Jan. 13-14 vs. Sacramento, at Charlotte

Jan. 31- Feb. 1 at Indiana, vs. Toronto

Feb. 9-10 vs. L.A. Lakers, at Philadelphia

Feb. 15-16 vs. Detroit, at Chicago

Feb. 19-20 at Houston, at Dallas

March 6-7 vs. Houston, at Philadelphia

March 11-12 at L.A. Lakers, at Phoenix

March 16-17 at Sacramento, at Denver

March 20-21 vs. New Orleans, at Toronto

April 4-5 vs. San Antonio, at Chicago

April 14-15 at Washington, at Charlotte

April 17-18 vs. at New York, vs. Orlando