Thursday, August 8, 2013

NBA Schedule Breakdown

Yesteday no matter what team you cheer for was like Christmas for NBA fans as the 2013-14 season schedule was released and although there were many games to circle on your calender but also many scheduling errors so lets get into dissecting the enchilada of games in the NBA this year.


Opening Night

October 29th- Bulls Vs Heat 7PM, Clippers Vs Lakers 10:30 PM


If you like Rivalry games you get those right out of gate with former MVP Derrick Rose making his return to basketball the same night the Miami Heat get their 2nd consecutive championship ring. The Bulls and Heat obviously don't like each other and it is a genuine dislike. Derrick Rose recently came out and said that he is the best player in basketball still even after missing all of last season, so he gets his chance to prove it at the American Airlines Arena against Lebron James and company.



After the Heat and Bulls wage war at 10:30 Eastern time the Clippers and Lakers do battle for LA Basketball supremecy. Kobe Bryant like Derrick Rose returns to the court after tearing his ACL last season. He will lead the underdog Lakers against the improved Clippers who recently signed franchise guard Chris Paul and managed to add the likes of J.J Redick, Darren Collison and Jared Dudley to an already deep roster. After playing many years in the shadow of their tenants the Clippers have finally earned the spotlight and the Lakers find themselves in an unfamiliar position. These games are always exciting and this should be no different.



October 30th- Nets Vs Cavs 7 PM, Bobcats Vs Rockets 8 PM, Grizzlies vs Spurs



The night after is when the rest of the league kicks off the season and at 7 PM from Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland we have a battle of new look teams as the Brooklyn Nets take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Nets created a major buzz by trading for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett from the Celtics upgrading an already potent starting 5. The Cavaliers retooled the whole roster taking Anthony Bennett with the first pick in the draft and signing former all-star Andrew Bynum to man the middle. It will be a good early season barometer for both teams to see where they are at. Not to mention the point guard match up between Kyrie Irving and Deron Williams



About an hour after that the Dwight Howard era kicks of in Houston as the Rockets as the Houston Rockets take on Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Bobcats. Houston landed the biggest free agent this off season in Howard to join one of the leagues elite scores in James Harden. The Bobcats like the Rockets acquired a big free agent of their own in low post force Al Jefferson. This should be a fun game for 2 teams trying to prove 2 different things. For the Rockets its become a premier team and a contender in the west. For the Bobcats its to climb out of the cellar of the NBA and into Eastern conference playoff contention.



Then Shortly after that we have a western conference finals rematch as the Zach Randolph and the Memphis Grizzlies go on the road to take on Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs. Last year on the Spurs march toward the NBA they swept the Memphis Grizzlies so you know they are going to be ready to play that night. These are 2 fundamentally sound teams and 2 of the Wests best.


Points On Points On Points

October 31st- Warriors vs Clippers 10:30 PM


2 of the most exciting teams in the league square off as Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors take on Chris Paul on LA Clippers. Both teams are contenders in the West and boast 2 of the best offenses in basketball. It will be a great match up of point guards between Stephen Curry and Chris Paul.



Christmas Games

Thunders Vs Knicks 2:30 PM, Lakers Vs Heat 5:00 PM


Christmas day will feature 5 games and the one I am looking forward to the most is the Oklahoma City Thunder Vs New York Knicks. Kevin Durant & Carmelo Anthony need I say more? The 2 best scorers in our game playing in one of the best arenas in the league on Christmas day.



Like the 1st game the 2nd game features the always entertaining Kobe and Lebron matchup. Even though the Lakers will probably lose this game and aren't title contenders this year as a basketball fan you always want to see that marquee match up.


Put Up Or Shut Up

January 13th- Wizards vs Bulls 8 PM



Both John Wall and Derrick Rose have been running their mouths and proclaimed themselves as the best players and point guards in the NBA. On the 13th of January they take on each other as the upstart Wizards take on the powerhouse Bulls at the United Center. Its a point guard driven league and this game will display some the leagues best in Rose and Wall.



Returns

January 26th- Nets Vs Celtics 6:30 PM
February 19th – Nuggets Vs Bulls 8 PM
February 26th- Rockets Vs Lakers 10:30 PM



Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce make their return to the TD Garden as members of the Nets. It will be the first meeting of the year between the Atlantic Division rivals and I'm sure Rajon Rondo and company will want to protect home court. It should be interesting to see the reaction from the Boston crowd.




Although it was only 1 season Nate Robinson made his mark for the Chicago Bulls with his 23 point 4th quarter performance against the Nets in game 4 of the eastern conference finals last year. He make his return to Chicago as a bench player for the Denver Nuggets so when he checks in I expect a standing ovation for a guy that gave the Bulls everything he had last season.



Last but not least Dwight Howard makes his return to LA as a member for the Houston Rockets. Dwight has been receiving a lot of hatred on Twitter from Laker fans worldwide so with that said he will probably get booed horribly. The important thing is that he gets that win and sends the fans home unhappy. Certainly going to be fun.


Scheduling Errors

I like the Schedule for the most part but have a few things I hate about it
such as



With all of those things said looking forward to many great moments this season in the league.

3 comments:

  1. Let there be basketball....The Basketball Gods have spoken.....it wont be long before the basketball season start...and there will be a lot of questions answered.The most interesting thing I want to see,if the Hornets will make some noise this season?And Can the Miami Heat win another championship with now a true center in the middle.....Enjoy article....Dad

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  2. Good article Brendan.. Kind of bull that the Lakers play Nationally 29 times.. I wasn't aware of that.

    -@LetsGoAlex

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    1. Thanks Big Al!!! Yeah the Lakers are so annoying they shouldn't even have 15 games nationally let alone 29.

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