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Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  12 responses

Do the Magic Have the Toughest Back-to-Back Schedule?

The NBA released the full regular season sched yesterday, and after taking a close look, the Sentinel argues that Orlando may have the toughest set of back-to-back games in the Eastern Conference: “Both the Atlanta Hawks and the Chicago Bulls will play 23 pairs of back-to-back games during the 2010-11 season. That’s the maximum number of back-to-backs allowed by the league’s schedule makers. The Magic will play 20 back-to-backs, while the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat will play 19 apiece. But all back-to-backs are not created equal. The toughest arguably are the ones in which a team plays road games on consecutive nights or immediately follows a home game with a road game the next day. And if you look closely, the Magic seem to have a tougher back-to-back schedule than the East’s other four top teams. This upcoming season, the Magic will play 12 home-to-away back-to-backs. In 2009-10, they played six. In 2008-09, the played five. In 2007-08 they played six. The Magic will also play five away-to-away back-to-backs. That’s down from the 7.3 they averaged the last three seasons. The chart below shows that the Magic will play a higher percentage of away-to-away and home-to-away games than the Bulls, Celtics, Hawks and Heat.”

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  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Are people already complaining about the schedule? Bulls have the toughest b-2-b schedule.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Well, it’s part of their job. This is why they’re getting paid millions…

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Magic will have best record in the east. BOOK IT!!

  • overtime

    Toughest b2b?? The toughest b2b schedules are for Nets, Raps or Minny. They´ll really need help to win even a game .Lol

  • hoodsnake

    Yes. Next question.

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    So, when does the season start? Cuz these kinda articles are getting tired.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    ^the seed..
    magic will have the best record in the east? wow man your kinda goin out on a limb by saying that.. have u not heard of this new mega team called the miami heat?

  • ld

    Stan Van Gundy and the Magic are complaining?!?!?! No way.

  • LA Huey

    Who cares. Boston (especially) and LA proved its about the playoffs, not your regular season record.

  • J Anikwe

    i think ‘the seed’means miami

  • 4th Qtr Hero

    I don’t really care who has the worst schedule of back to backs but I am all for eliminating the number of back to backs. We’ve all flown on red-eye flights and felt jet-lagged the next day. I don’t think many of have put in 30 odd minutes of intense physical activity prior to getting on that plane and then backing it up within 24 hours. Forget who has the worst schedule, look back at last year’s schedule and see how many of these back to back games were blow outs for the team travelling. Bad schedule = Bad basketball. Start the season earlier and get the number of back to backs down to 10, not a quarter of the season.

  • NBA kid

    @Id, seeing that no one from the magic organization was quoted in this article, your comment is wholly unfounded and illogical

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