Print and Go Back ESPN.com: Boston Celtics [Print without images]

Saturday, March 19, 2011
Bouncing back(-to-back)

By Chris Forsberg


The Celtics' struggles on the second night of back-to-backs on the road this season are no secret. Boston has dropped eight of 10 games in that scenario this season, including its last six. The silver lining was that Boston was practically undefeated (13-1) on the front end of back-to-backs this season, including a 7-1 mark on the first night of back-to-backs on the road.

But then Boston went out Friday night and got annihilated in Houston, doubling that first night loss total, and must now trek to New Orleans Saturday night looking to steal the tail end of this back-to-back (no easy task against a Hornets squad that is 10 games above .500, even if that's currently only good for the No. 7 position in the Western Conference playoff race).

Are the Celtics destined to lose both ends of this current back-to-back? Despite their second-night struggles, past history suggests there might be some hope. The only other time Boston lost on the first night this season -- a 102-101 loss to the Raptors on Nov. 21 -- it rebounded with a 99-76 drubbing of the Hawks the next night in Atlanta.

The Celtics play four more back-to-backs this season and seven of the eight games involved are on the road; the only home game is vs. Washington on April 8.