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2011-2012 NBA schedule details leak: It’s a brick… house

Nov 27, 2011, 4:56 PM EDT

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Details have begun to emerge regarding the 2011-2012 NBA season, and we won’t complain because we’re getting a season and at this point they could play them in zero gravity  in a tar pit and we’d be happy. But just so you know, you need to prepare yourself for a pretty ugly season overall. Details courtesy of Howard Beck of the New York Times:

  • Season starts December 25th, ends April 26th. That’s about two weeks later than usual, and it means there will only be one day off from the end of the regular season before the playoffs begin on Saturday, April 28th, presumably. That’s not a huge bump in games, 3.9 games up from 3.5 per week, according to Beck.
  • What’s the only thing worse than a SEGABABA (second game of a back to back) (via Pounding The Rock)? A THIRGABABA. Third game of a back-to-back-to-back. Each team will have at least one, and up to three back-to-back-to-back sets, three games in three nights. Surprisingly, Zach Lowe of SI.com did research on this from 99 and found that teams didn’t really lose significantly more often on those games. It’ll be interesting to see the effect it has on subsequent games, however, as well as total fatigue.
  • Teams are looking at 48 games in conference, 18 games out of conference. So teams will not visit all 29 other cities during the season. Whoever doesn’t get the Lakers will miss out on a solid night of revenue. Same for whoever misses out on Miami.
  • Maybe most gross? Each playoff team will have a back-to-back in the second round. that will speed up the playoffs which people tend to complain about, but the quality of games also suffer.

So you’ve got players out of shape coming into a shortened schedule, playing three times in three nights and then back at it on limited rest.

Hope you guys like rebounds.

  1. dc1to1 - Nov 27, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    What! I have been waiting for back to back playoff games since the early 90s.

    I love it!

  2. hellinisamoron - Nov 27, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    How about teams actually play the 3 guys on the end of the bench that get paid for doing nothing? That should resolve the fatigue issues.

    • blazerfan1 - Nov 28, 2011 at 12:16 AM

      Yep, because I watch games so I can see Earl Barron, Avery Bradley, and the legendary Eduardo Najera.

      • 00maltliquor - Nov 28, 2011 at 6:28 PM

        I very much enjoy watching Eduardo Najera play. And you might take back your words on Avery Bradley in a couple years.

  3. asublimeday - Nov 27, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Bulls year. D Rose out-worked everybody this off-season. Pure domination all season.

  4. Jeff - Nov 27, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    If your mean D Rose out worked everybody by out hustling hookers this off season, then yes, I agree.

  5. seattlesuperchronic - Nov 27, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    I can’t believe you’re whining after all this, we have basketball this year and it’s not good enough for you? I was pretty happy with Mr Helin during the lockout, bias and all, but now you’re coming off as a spoiled turd. Be grateful.

    • santolonius - Nov 27, 2011 at 8:07 PM

      dude says… “we won’t complain because we’re getting a season and at this point they could play them in zero gravity in a tar pit and we’d be happy….”

      come on now.

  6. goforthanddie - Nov 28, 2011 at 3:53 AM

    So you’ve got players out of shape coming into a shortened schedule, playing three times in three nights and then back at it on limited rest.

    Hope you like injuries too.

  7. marcusvrbastos - Nov 28, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    I still think we could get a 82 games season. The London 2012 Olympics Games, however, doesn’t allow this option…

  8. lastdukestreetking - Nov 28, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    There were back-to-back playoff games in the mid-90′s, maybe even later.

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