Thursday, April 6 – Celtics at Hawks
Pregame – C’s Thriving this Season on Little Rest
BOSTON – Rest is a commodity for most NBA teams as they trek through the regular season grind.
For the Boston Celtics, that doesn’t appear to be the case, judging by this season’s intriguing splits.
The Celtics are 43-18 this season when playing after one or fewer days of rest. On the other hand, they are 7-10 when playing on multiple days of rest.
One of those 10 losses came last night when the C’s were blown out, 114-91 by the Cleveland Cavaliers. It marked Boston’s third defeat by 20 or more points this season, each of which have come after having multiple days off between games.
The Celtics will look to erase all memory of their loss to the Cavs tonight when they take on the Hawks in Atlanta. As history suggests, the odds should be in the C’s favor.
Boston is 10-6 this season on the second nights of back-to-backs this season, including a 5-1 record when the second game comes after a loss.
“I think you have to have a short memory in this league. You play too soon thereafter,” C’s coach Brad Stevens said ahead of the 8 p.m. tip-off. “But at the same time I think you should be prideful and want to play as soon as you can after a performance like last night.”
The Celtics have shown eagerness this season when playing one night after a loss, and the results have landed in their favor nearly every time.
Tonight will be one more opportunity for Boston to continue that trend as it completes its final back-to-back set of the season while attempting to put last night’s difficult loss in the rear view mirror.
– Taylor C. Snow