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Old 08-06-2013, 04:40 PM  
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2013-2014 Official NBA Thread

http://www.cbssports.com/nba/blog/ey...4-nba-schedule

With the Schedule released today, I figured it would be a good time to start the thread.

The NBA released its 2013-2014 schedule on Tuesday in a televised special on NBATV alongside a release on NBA.com and its team websites.

The season kicks off Tuesday, October 29th as Miami hosts the Chicago Bulls in Derrick Rose's expected return to the court. Then it's the Battle of LA as the Lakers host the Clippers. It could be the return of Kobe Bryant from his Achilles injury he suffered last spring, and will be the regular season debut of Doc Rivers as the Clippers' newest head coach.

It's a massive gamble by the NBA, considering Rose's struggles returning from his ACL injury suffered in the 2012 playoffs and Bryant's more recent Achilles surgery. If those players were to miss the opening night, it's going to make for a very underwhelming opening night of basketball, regardless of the markets involved for ratings.

Opening week continues on Thursday with the Bulls hosting the Knicks in what is likely to be Rose's return to the United Center in the regular season. The Knicks will be on a back to back, opening the season on Wednesday vs. the Bucks. Thursday night the revamped Warriors visit the Clippers, who are clearly the hot team, with two national appearances in the first three days.

Opening week concludes Friday with the Nets' home opener vs. the Heat, followed by another Lakers home game, this time vs. the defending Western Conference Champion San Antonio Spurs.

On the NBA's biggest regular season day, Christmas Day, starts with the Nets hosting Chicago, followed by the scoring-champ rematch of Carmelo Anthony vs. Kevin Durant as the Thunder visit Madison Square Garden to face the Knicks. Then in the main event, the Heat play the Lakers at Staples Center. Dwight Howard joins the Christmas fun as the Rockets travel to San Antonio to face the Spurs. And in the night cap, the Clippers visit Oracle Arena to take on Steph Curry and the Warriors.

Monday, January 20th continues the NBA's tradition of making Martin Luther King Jr. Day a huge basketball event, with four games on the schedule. Brooklyn travels across the bridge to take on the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, followed by the Grizzlies hosting the Pelicans, the Lakers taking on the Bulls at the United Center, and the Pacers facing the Warriors in the bay to cap off the night.

The Lakers first meet Dwight Howard on November 13th in Houston, and again on January 14th. They first host Howard at Staples Center on February 19th, and again on April 8th.

The NBA Finals rematches occur on January 26th in Miami and March 6th in San Antonio. Will Gregg Popovich rest his starters? It's not a back to back, as the Spurs face Atlanta on the 24th, but it is in the middle of a three-game road trip.

Despite the departure of Dwight Howard, the Lakers keep the max number of nationally televised (non-NBA TV) games in the league at 25, tied with the Knicks and Heat. The Clippers have 21 nationally televised games, while the defending Western Champs, the Spurs, only have 15. The Bulls jump to 24 national games, with the league banking on Rose's return to carry audiences. The Thunder also feature on national TV 24 times.

Houston, with newly-signed Dwight Howard and James Harden, feature 20 games on national television, a pretty low number given the star power. The Mavericks won the NBA title in 2011, and now have just eight national TV appearances. The Warriors meanwhile jump to 17 games, while Eastern Conference finalist Indiana only appears 10 time next season. To put that in perspective, the Denver Nuggets appear 13 times.

The rest of the schedule is at the link.
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Old 02-11-2014, 02:15 PM   #1306
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I hope Minnesota tanks the year. Our first rounder is lottery-protected, otherwise it goes to Phoenix. We need to start aiming for that. And stop drafting bigs.
TWolves are/have been too good for tanking to even matter all that much at this point, especially with all the East teams so effective at it. Being stuck in no-man's land is the worse.
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Old 02-11-2014, 04:41 PM   #1307
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TWolves are/have been too good for tanking to even matter all that much at this point, especially with all the East teams so effective at it. Being stuck in no-man's land is the worse.
Possibly, but it's pretty clear right now that they can't win without Pekovic. And with him in, they might be barely good enough to sneak into the playoffs.

Right now they're 4 games under 500. There's still plenty of season left to go, but if they're not going to play defense or figure out how to run a half court offense worth a shit, they're going to be stuck in no-man's land regardless of what they do.

May as well grab their lottery pick now, and hope that next year they're good enough to get into the playoffs. It would suck to miss out on a 1st round draft pick when they're picking at 14 or lower.
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Holy shit.

And it's still a 4 point game. KD is carrying the hell out of his team.
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Old 02-11-2014, 09:46 PM   #1309
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I don't understand why NBAtv analysts narrate the game every time they come back from commercial break.
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Old 02-11-2014, 10:38 PM   #1310
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Good win for the Thunder. KD is KD. Lamb big on the road and Reggie with a great second half. Westbrook back in a week reportedly, but take your time.
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Old 02-11-2014, 10:39 PM   #1311
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Old 02-11-2014, 11:01 PM   #1312
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good to see it took half a season for the #1 overall pick to play himself into shape. He's like Shaq. 19-10 and 3 threes
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Old 02-12-2014, 02:17 AM   #1313
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I don't understand why NBAtv analysts narrate the game every time they come back from commercial break.
because they think its "informative". People that watch NBA TV know enough about basketball that they dont need that crap.
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LeBron with the clutch 3 to beat the Warriors.


If the Warriors played whole games like they play 2nd halves, they wouldn't be one of the bottom 3 seeds.
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:09 PM   #1315
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I think people take LeBron's greatness for granted sometimes. 36-13-9 tonight on 14 of 26 shooting. What an incredible basketball player.

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Great win for the Clippers tonight in spite of ridiculous fluke shooting from the Blazers. Blake is making a legit case for best PF in the league, he totally outplayed LMA tonight. Plus my favorite player LeBron helping us out in the divisional race with that gamewinner.... perfect night.
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:34 AM   #1317
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LeBron with the clutch 3 to beat the Warriors.


If the Warriors played whole games like they play 2nd halves, they wouldn't be one of the bottom 3 seeds.
I'm glad the Warriors lost the way they did. They deserved to have their hearts ripped out and shit on. I hate the make up of this team. I hope they completely go in the tank after this and miss the playoffs, this really is one of the least likeable teams in the NBA right now.
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Old 02-13-2014, 08:05 AM   #1318
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I'm glad the Warriors lost the way they did. They deserved to have their hearts ripped out and shit on. I hate the make up of this team. I hope they completely go in the tank after this and miss the playoffs, this really is one of the least likeable teams in the NBA right now.
You forgot something.

And it's all the refs fault.
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