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Howard Beck Offers Schedule Details For Condensed 2011-12 NBA Season

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.