Posted on Twitter - November 27, 2011
Halftime break from watching Sanchez throw picks, one example of how the new NBA schedule changes? Inter-conference play.
Here’s what I mean.
If, and that’s a big if, the West is a tougher, deeper conference than the East has been the case for most of this new millennium, then the Celtics will benefit from a schedule that will nor feature more inter-conference games. In a normal year, teams play 63% of their schedule against their own conference. With 12 of the 16 games being cut from the schedule being against the teams from the other conference, that number now jumps to 73%.
How much shuffling of the original schedule will have to be done? Probably more than we realized. While home dates will largely remain intact, opponents will have to be shifted around quite a bit. For example, after Christmas, the Celtics would have had 25 games left Vs. the Western Conference. That number now gets cut to 18. So of the 13 home games originally schedules against western teams in 2012, four of them will now be changed to eastern teams. And if, for another example, that changes visits from San Antonio and Dallas to say, Washington and Charlotte, you do the math.
Six western teams will not visit the Garden this year and the Celtics will not visit six western cities.
Just some morsels to digest while we wait for real news…like an actual schedule, the free-agent period or any international incidents J.R. Smith is causing around the globe.