The complete Houston Rockets schedule was released yesterday and by now, all Rockets fans and their mothers know that the Rockets will tip off against the Los Angeles Lakers on opening night.
Great. Fun. Exciting.
We all know the Rockets have a total of 25 nationally televised games, but in reality it’s more like 17, since 8 of the 25 are on NBATV, and not everyone has NBATV.
So what am I excited about? Let’s see.
After four relatively boring games to start the season, the Rockets face the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, and Golden State Warriors. All three teams are in the upper tier of teams in the NBA and will provide the Rockets with a big test early on.
November 19th, when the Los Angeles Lakers come to town, is obviously a game marked on Jeremy Lin‘s calendar. I think the Rockets win this one, but I’m more intrigued by the fan reaction when Lin is announced. He has his lovers and his haters, but I’m expecting a nice applause in his return to Toyota Center.
Following the Lakers game the Rockets host the Dallas Mavericks. Of course, this means the return of Chandler Parsons. That’s a must-watch game for all Rockets fans. Parsons returns to Houston a second time on January 28th.
The Rockets host the Portland Trail Blazers on December 22nd. This wouldn’t intrigue me too much, if not for the loss of Omer Asik. I’m curious to see how the Rockets defend LaMarcus Aldridge with this current roster. They come back to Houston again on February 8th.
Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat come to town January 3rd. The Rockets then immediately head to Chicago and Cleveland to face the Bulls and Cavaliers. Those are likely the three top teams in the East.
With the playoffs looming in April, the Rockets will have a HUGE test when they go on the road to face the Mavericks, Oklahoma City Thunder, and then San Antonio Spurs. They wrap up the tough four-game stretch with the Spurs another two days later in Houston.
The Rockets end the season facing the New Orleans Pelicans, Charlotte Hornets, and Utah Jazz.
There’s not much to complain about this schedule for the Rockets. They play in 20 back-to-backs this season, but don’t have many absurd stretches. There’s one part of the schedule where they Rockets go on a short west-coast trip, only to fly home to face the Denver Nuggets, then go right back to Denver to face the Nuggets again. They should have swapped those venues.
What do you think about the Rockets NBA schedule? Anything bother you? Anything you are super excited about?