Jun 21, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) and Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) during the first quarter of game five in the 2012 NBA Finals at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

NBA 2012-2013 Schedule Released: 10 games to Watch

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.

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