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When can we expect the Boston Celtics to rest back-to-back players?

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The Boston Celtics could very well have won the 2022 NBA championship had they simply been better rested heading into the playoffs, their legs betraying them against a Golden State Warriors team that, while older overall, was also successful. to play far fewer postseason games on their way to a six-game Finals win over the Celtics.

With that in mind, Boston has added depth to its bench to make it flexible and to lighten the load of often injured and older players on its roster for the upcoming 2022-23 season in point guard Malcolm Brogdon and veteran forward Danilo Gallinari.

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Back-to-back games in particular are also a place in the schedule where players can rest and others with less playing time can see theirs increased, so let’s look at where that might happen in the 2022-23 season now that we know when they will come.

October 21 (Miami Heat) or October 22 (Orlando Magic)

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With the Magic the easier of both teams, we expect that to be the goal if any rest is taken this early in the season.

November 4 (Chicago Bulls) or November 5 (New York Knicks)

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Still early in the season, few if any players are likely to rest, but barring a Donovan Mitchell trade, we bet that’s happening with the Knicks.

November 11 (Denver Nuggets) or November 12 (Detroit Pistons)

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We could start to see rest being taken more seriously now, nearly a month into the 2022-23 season, and the Pistons are the obvious choice.

November 27 (Washington Wizards) or November 28 (Charlotte Hornets)

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This might be the rare circumstance where it makes more sense to hold players back in the first match against the Wiz, but if so, expect none of them named Jayson to take a night off while Brad Beal gets dressed.

December 4 (Brooklyn Nets) or December 5 (Toronto Raptors)

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It could go either way here, with both teams looking potentially tough, but at least for now, it looks like a home game against the Raptors might be easier to rest against the big men.

December 12 (Los Angeles Clippers) or December 13 (Los Angeles Lakers)

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The Lakers could be better than expected next season despite no major roster changes, but even despite the rivalry, we don’t think either game is an opportunity for rest given the status. of contender for the Clippers.

January 11 (New Orleans Pelicans) or January 12 (Brooklyn Nets)

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Both of these teams are likely to be good and by January rest will be in order. If the roster is up to date with the Nets, the big men’s lack of depth suggests this could be a night for Al Horford or Robert Williams III to take a night off.

January 23 (Orlando Magic) or January 24 (Miami Heat)

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While the Magic may be better than they have been in recent seasons at this point in the season, we still expect them to be the easier to beat of the two teams here. would therefore be better to rest in Orlando.

February 14 (Milwaukee Bucks) or February 15 (Detroit Pistons)

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The Pistons may be done tanking, but we don’t expect them to match Boston even without a few key players, so expect some rest in the Motor City.

March 5 (New York Knicks) or March 6 (Cleveland Cavaliers)

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This one could go either way pending trades before the start of the season or at the deadline, but we’re inclined to believe a Knicks home game would be the more likely of the two with the rosters as they stand. .

March 17 (Portland Trail Blazers) or March 18 (Utah Jazz)

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While it might be something of a reunion to see Danny Ainge with his new team in Salt Lake City, we don’t expect many of Boston’s top players to speak given Utah’s status as a rebuilding team.

March 30 (Milwaukee Bucks) or March 31 (Utah Jazz)

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As with the game on the road, the same goes for the game at home: if you want to see the stars of Boston play long minutes at TD Garden, choose a game other than the Jazz tilt on the 31st.

April 4 (Philadelphia 76ers) or April 5 (Toronto Raptors)

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At the end of the season, BOTH could end up being rest games, but if we had to choose, it would probably be the Raps, pending possible tiebreaker situations.

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