Three games in three nights?
No one said squeezing in 66 NBA games by the end of April would be easy. New York Times reporter Howard Beck laid out a few details surrounding the NBA schedule today through a series of tweets. Here are the items Beck mentioned:
- The season will run from December 25th, 2011 through April 26, 2012. Teams will average 3.9 games/week, up from usual 3.5 games/week which works out to about 2 extra games per month. So the NBA will truly have a 2011-12 season. Barely.
- Every team will play at least one back-to-back-to-back set (i.e. 3 straight nights), and up to 3 back-to-back-to-back sets during season. Why do I have this strange feeling the Pacers will be one of the teams tripling up on the back-to-back-to-backs (it isn't even easy to type, let alone play)? I'm sure Indy's status as the "Crossroads of America" will be used against the Pacers with some mumbo-jumbo about easy access to several different teams.
- Teams will play 48 games in-conference (4 fewer than usual) and 18 games out-of-conference. Thus, not all teams will visit all cities. I say if the Pacers triple up on b-2-b-2-b's then they don't have to make the West Coast trip to play the Lakers. Besides, I want to see Kobe Bryant at the Fieldhouse. Something has always come up to prevent me from catching the Lakers visit to Indy the past few years.
- Also, every second-round playoff series will have at least one back-to-back set, to shorten the playoff time frame. This is crazy! I'm incensed the league would even consider this an option! Oh well, if the Pacers have to play back-to-back games in the SECOND ROUND OF THE PLAYOFFS then we'll all just have to deal with it, won't we? Dream big Pacers' fans.