The NBA released the full 82-game regular season schedule Tuesday afternoon (click here for the whole thing), which means Los Angeles Clippers fans are one step closer to watching real life basketball–and forgetting about Donald Sterling!
With a large number of storylines littering the summer, the league schedule provides plenty of intriguing matchups that fans of any team can get behind. Derrick Rose makes his triumphant second return to the court on October 29. Kevin Love faces his old team for the first time on December 23 and suits up at the Target Center as a visitor for the first time on January 31. Jason Kidd’s Milwaukee Bucks faces the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on November 19 after his power play backfired.
And then there’s the slate of Christmas Day games, which features five tasty courses including a Clippers-Warriors rivalry reboot:
- Wizards at Knicks (ESPN)
- Thunder at Spurs (ABC)
- Cavaliers at Heat (ABC)
- Lakers at Bulls (TNT)
- Warriors at Clippers (TNT)
We could go on and on. But the team we really care about is the Clippers. Before we get there, let’s point out a a change to the upcoming season: the All-Star break will resemble an actual break, lasting at least eight days for all 30 teams.
NBA’s experiment with extended All-Star break worked into ’14-’15 schedule. For teams, minimum break between games is 8 days; some longer. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 13, 2014
Expect to see Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and co. on national television A LOT. They’ll be on TNT, ESPN and ABC a combined 23 times (and NBA TV another nine), two short of league leaders Chicago, Cleveland and Oklahoma City. The team’s longest time away from STAPLES will last eight games during the annual Grammys trip from from January 28 to February 9. They also have a seven-game road trip from November 19-29.
Let’s look at five of the most intriguing Clippers games to watch this season.