Can you believe it?
Yep, it’s that time again and the NBA officially released its schedule yesterday.
It gives us all fans something to look forward to as things edge closer to the start of the NBA season.
The release is as anticipated as any other pro sports league such as the National Football League, Major League Baseball and even Major League Soccer!
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Now us fans can start making plans as to what games we’ll be at, which ones to watch, when do we face our rivals, etc.
View the entire 2015-16 schedule (click here).
As opposed to last season, the Rockets will open up at home Wednesday, Oct. 28 against Ty Lawson‘s former team, the Denver Nuggets.
Although it’s not expected for him to be active that early in the season with him sorting out his DUI charges that face him and imminent suspension, they’ll be here.
That team has done a lot of shifting this past off season from top to bottom so the novelty isn’t even there.
It will likely be just a mundane, run-of-the-mill regular season game for the team.
But here’s where the plot thickens.
After that, the Rockets will attempt for redemption against the Golden State Warriors — the 2014-15 defending champs — just two days later Friday, Oct. 30 also at Toyota Center!
That will be the game to watch that week!
The following week, the Rockets will face the Los Angeles Clippers Saturday, Nov. 7 at the STAPLES Center for a match up.
The Clippers have reloaded by bolstering their lineup with Josh Smith and were successful in bringing most of their guys back with the biggest fish being DeAndre Jordan, he backed out of multi-million dollar max deal with the Dallas Mavericks to come back to the Clips.
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They also have a nasty taste in their mouth after the way the Rockets were able to shrivel their sphincters in their improbable Game 6 comeback of the Western Conference Semis to eventually win the series in seven games.
It will be fun watch as well as I think a strong rivalry could be in the works for these two teams.
The Rockets don’t face the Clippers at home until Saturday, Nov. 19.
As opposed to previous seasons, the Rockets don’t face the San Antonio Spurs until later in.
When do they face the Spurs?
They get to be featured Christmas Day during prime time, going up against a Spurs team with a “new” look featuring coveted free agent LaMarcus Aldridge on the front line.
This team is truly the one to beat this year and it will be a gem of a game to watch.
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That game will be televised by nationally by ESPN and locally by ROOT Sports.
The team faces LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday, Jan. 15 at Toyota Center to which that match up will be set on the national stage as well on ESPN along with ROOT Sports locally.
The Rockets have 27 games out of their 82-game season televised nationally; and, as opposed to last season, the majority of Houston will be able to watch the Rockets as the ROOT Sports television deal is signed, sealed and delivered.
Need a breakdown?
Here it is:
ESPN — 10 games
NBA TV — 8 games
TNT — 7 games
ABC — 2 games
Nonetheless, it should be an exciting season and I can’t wait until the start of it!