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Bobcats have most back-to-backs (21), Nets have 20

Aug 7, 2013, 10:18 AM EDT

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Just last season Jason Kidd was an older player who needed a little extra rest here and there, and got it during back-to-backs.

Now he’s the head coach of a team with some older key pieces — Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce — and once he looked at the NBA schedule released Tuesday he had to notice his Brooklyn team has a hefty 20 back-to-back games. Of those, 15 have both ends on the road, reports the New York Post.

Welcome to the coaching life, Kidd.

How first-year coach Kidd handles these could be a key to how fresh the Nets are come the playoffs. Look for Garnett, Pierce and maybe some other players to get nights off in the second game of those back-to-backs, particularly as we get into 2014 and past the All-Star break. On the bright side, the Nets have only two four-games-in-five-nights situations.

For the record, the Bobcats were the “lucky” winners of the most back-to-backs with 21.

Brooklyn’s neighbors the Knicks have just 14 back-to-backs, tied for the fewest in the NBA with the Denver Nuggets.

  1. nycalldayz - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Bobcats have most back-to-backs (21), Nets have 20? Smh. They and other teams will be dropping like flies come toward the end of the season. I think a lot of teams will be resting players I’m sure Stern won’t like that. lol

  2. legendsports124 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    A young team like Charlotte will suffer because they lack depth on their bench. The Nets will be ok, this roster is deep enough that they could give Pierce and Garnett the night off especially if the second game of the back to back is against the Bobcats.

  3. kingbeason52 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    The sports Gods hate the city of Charlotte

    A make or break year for the Carolina Panthers and we get the hardest schedule in the league

    A year for the Bobcats to make some stride and maybe seek a chance at the playoffs we get 25% of our games back to back.

    Sucks

    • legendsports124 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      I think they hate the city of Cleveland even more.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      There are much more tortured cities than Charlotte. I live here and yes I’m numb when it comes to the Bobcats and I’m not exactly optimistic about the Panthers’ secondary or receivers… but we’ve only had two heartbreakers. Admittedly though, they were both pretty nasty. (Carolina Panther hero John Kasay became the face of our super bowl loss and George Shinn, extortionist & rapist, steals away our Hornets after we’d only sold out 388 straight home games.)

      My point is, there are cities with decades of suffering and heartbreak while our pro football team just had its uniform voted best in NFL history. That’s a win, right?

      • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:34 PM

        And the Bobcats just signed the biggest free agent in franchise history. That’s not saying much for our history but come on! Big Al Jefferson will carry the team to mediocrity this season!

  4. MyTeamsAllStink - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    at least they’ll be the Hornets again

  5. zblott - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    OMG – the league actually gave the Lakers the median amount of back-to-backs!? It’s a big deal when the NBA goes out of its way to not give every advantage to LA. I believe this is the first time the Lakers are not in the bottom 5 of amount of back-to-backs in 7 years.

  6. broncobeta - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Nuggets deserve the fewest after that grueling road-trip to being the season. Not like it will really matter this year though.

  7. Kevin S. - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Good thing the Nets have starting-caliber players behind Pierce and Garnett. Have no problem with AK-47 and Blatche stepping in whenever Pierce and KG need a night.

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