Insider: C's will rack up mileage

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The Celtics have the worst four-in-five stretch of the 2014-15 season.The Boston Celtics will be tops in the league in one category this season: The longest distance traveled as part of a four-game-in-five-night stretch. From Insider's Tom Haberstroh:

After analyzing the travel distances of every game this season, I discovered that the Boston Celtics effectively pulled the short straw and will have the longest 4-in-5 trip, covering more than 3,000 miles from Portland to Denver to San Francisco to Salt Lake City. Four games in four cities with only one built-in travel day. It gets worse: You'll notice that each of the second games on the back-to-backs will be played at high altitudes, where the air is thinner and the lungs are screaming. Oh, and they'll be losing an hour of sleep on both overnight trips due to time-zone differences. The Celtics will need all the four-leaf clovers they can find.

If the Celtics struggle as much as many expect in year 2 of this rebuild, then late January could be an especially grueling grind.

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