The 2012 NBA schedule was just released,and after a drama filled season I cannot wait to watch some of the games that have been scheduled. Here are 10 games in particular to keep your eye open for.
10/30/12: Boston Celtics @ Miami Heat: Opening night pits the two teams who have ended each others’ seasons the last 3 years in a row. It will be interesting to see whether this game is competitive, or if the addition of former Celtic Ray Allen just gives the defending champion Heat too much firepower.
10/31/12 The Los Angeles Clippers open their season against the Memphis Grizzlies; the Clippers ended the Grizzlies season in a chippy series that saw many ups and downs and ended in a game 7 road victory by the Clippers. We should see some more bad blood between these two teams again.
11/1/12: New York Knicks @ Brooklyn Nets: This will be the first time that this rivalry is played in Brooklyn; it will be intriguing to see how the Brooklyn fans react to their own new-look team and how they react to the Knicks.
12/2/12: Orlando Magic @ Los Angeles Lakers: Who knows where Dwight Howard will be playing next year, but the good money is that he is on one of these two teams, which makes it must-watch TV.
12/17/12: Houston Rockets @ New York Knicks Linsanity returns to Madison Square Garden where I am sure Lin will be cheered mightily for keeping the Knicks in the playoff race last year.
1/2/13: Dallas Mavericks @ Miami Heat: This game should be an incredible barometer for how much the NBA has changed in 2 short years. Look for the Heat to win in a walk.
1/30/13: Los Angeles Lakers @ Phoenix Suns: Steve Nash returns to the desert in the hated Lakers’ uniform; I don’t expect the fans to boo Nash, because he was a fan favorite. I imagine it will be difficult even for them to cheer against him. Any Steve Nash fan wished him the best shot at a championship; it’s just a shame that that chance will come in a Lakers’ uniform
2/14/13: Miami Heat @ Oklahoma City Thunder: This NBA Finals rematch could end up being next year’s NBA Finals preview. Two best teams and two best players in the league= must see TV.
3/18/13: Miami Heat @ Boston Celtics: It will be a Boston apocalypse if the Heat beat the Celtics again in the playoffs, but it will be strange enough to see Allen in a Heat uniform in Boston Garden.
4/14/13: Chicago Bulls @ Miami Heat: Derrick Rose should have just returned from injury and the Bulls will finally get a barometer test for if they can hang with the Heat in a playoffs series next year.
I, for one, cannot wait for the 2012-2013 NBA season; it will be a year that we either see the beginning of a Miami Heat dynasty, or maybe another team(best bet would be Thunder or Lakers) can dethrone the champs.