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Thursday, September 8, 2011
Old news: C's struggled on back-to-backs

By Chris Forsberg | @ESPNForsberg | Email

So it will surprise absolutely nobody to find out that advanced metrics suggest the Boston Celtics were one of the worst teams in the league on the second night of back-to-backs last year. In fact, the only surprise might be that the Celtics were not the worst team in the league when comparing numbers after rest to numbers on the second night of a back-to-back.

INSIDER: MEN AT WORK, REST Insider

Boston landed at No. 3 in net rating differential behind only the Nuggets and Pacers:

http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/6932841/nba-analyzing-impact-minutes-played-importance-rest

And more bad news for Boston. The player with the biggest drop-off in field goal percentage on the second night of back-to-backs compared to his stats after rest? Jeff Green. Not what you want to see from a 25-year-old player:

http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/6932841/nba-analyzing-impact-minutes-played-importance-rest

Not to be the bearer of more bad news, but the 1998-99 shortened season featured back-to-back-to-backs. All the more reason to hope this lockout ends soon and the season starts on time in November.