November Rain - Celtics face a tough first month of the season

USA TODAY Sports

The Celtics have a whopping 19 games in the first month of the season (if you count the game on Oct. 30).

The topic of the Celtics projected record got me to thinking about a topic that Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell brought up on their Celtics Summer Cooler program this weekend.  The first month of the season could very well prove to be brutal for this team.

The Celtics have a whopping 19 games in the first month of the season (if you count the game on Oct. 30).  For comparison, there's only 12 games in December.  That includes 6 back-to-backs and 11 road games (h/t RA).  Most weeks have games on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.  When you factor in travel, when exactly is the team supposed to practice?

Brad Stevens is a whipsmart basketball mind that will have all of training camp to get this team geared up and hopefully buying into his gameplan.  But once the games start, there's not a lot of time to run extensive practices.  He'll have to adjust to all the games and focus his effort on tweaks and changes in walk-throughs before games or flights.

Another thing to keep an eye on is Rajon Rondo's health.  He may not be at full speed or even playing yet in November.  Add it all up and it could be a very long month.

Look no further than the Wizards of last year to see how a young team without their star point guard can struggle to open a season.  I'm not saying the Celtics will start out 0-12 and I know that there are plenty of differences between this year's Celtics and last year's Wiz.  But I think it serves as a cautionary tale about a team that had high (playoff) hopes and had the season snowball in the wrong direction in a hurry.

OCTOBER
Toronto Wednesday, October 30 2013 7:00 PM EDT coverage
NOVEMBER
Milwaukee Friday, November 01 2013 7:30 PM EDT coverage
Detroit Sunday, November 03 2013 6:00 PM EST coverage
Memphis Monday, November 04 2013 8:00 PM EST coverage
Utah Wednesday, November 06 2013 7:30 PM EST coverage
Orlando Friday, November 08 2013 7:00 PM EST coverage
Miami Saturday, November 09 2013 7:30 PM EST coverage
Orlando Monday, November 11 2013 7:30 PM EST coverage
Charlotte Wednesday, November 13 2013 7:30 PM EST coverage
Portland Friday, November 15 2013 7:30 PM EST coverage
Minnesota Saturday, November 16 2013 8:00 PM EST coverage
Houston Tuesday, November 19 2013 8:00 PM EST coverage
San Antonio Wednesday, November 20 2013 8:30 PM EST coverage
Indiana Friday, November 22 2013 7:30 PM EST coverage
Atlanta Saturday, November 23 2013 7:30 PM EST coverage
Charlotte Monday, November 25 2013 7:00 PM EST coverage
Memphis Wednesday, November 27 2013 7:30 PM EST coverage
Cleveland Friday, November 29 2013 7:30 PM EST coverage
Milwaukee Saturday, November 30 2013 9:00 PM EST coverage
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