Rivers Focusing on Positives of Road Trip
The Celts ultimately will play eight games in 13 days, with the trip ending with a back-to-back turnaround March 22 in Milwaukee and March 23 in Philadelphia. This, after a March 19 game in Atlanta and five before that against Western Conference teams.
“In my career,” coach Doc Rivers said when asked about the last time he took part in this long of a road trip. “I’ve been in the league for 26 years. It’s a long road trip, but I do think there’s rest in it. The first two games are tough because of the long flight, you play and then you play the next day. But then after that, there’s days off in between. I think the other one is the last, the Denver game (on Saturday) before we go back East, that’s a hard game. Whenever you play Denver on a back-to-back, that’s a hard game because there’s no oxygen.”
Though the Celtics are 6-1 since the All-Star break, Rivers doesn’t buy into the theory that the greatest tests are yet to come.
“The test is all year,” he said. “Hell, we tested our team the first week of the season. I look at this stretch — it’s not going to be an easy trip. Having said that, there’s some trips in April that will be worse. We just have to keep playing and not worry about it.”