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Celtics calm before schedule storm

Road back-to-back-to-backs kick off a pivotal stretch run for Doc Rivers' gang

Updated: April 13, 2012, 11:22 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

It's probably the first thing every Celtics fan looked for when the NBA's 2011-12 condensed schedule was released in December: How many series of back-to-back-to-back games would Boston's veteran legs be forced to endure?

The answer was (a magnanimous) one, but that doesn't make the stretch any easier as it finally arrives. With eight games remaining in the regular season, the Celtics open a four-game road trip Friday with consecutive-day stops in Toronto, New Jersey and Charlotte.

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