Tag:NBA schedule
Posted on: December 6, 2011 7:07 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2011 7:14 pm
 

NBA releases full reduced schedules

Posted by Royce Young

The NBA officially announced its abbreviated 66-game schedule. Each team is set to play 48 conference games and 18 non-conference games. The full schedule can be found at NBA.com/schedule.

Each team will play at least one back-to-back-to-back with no more than three and will also have a higher number of back-to-backs. The average games per week for each team will rise from 3.5 to 3.9 with that equaling two more games per month per team.

The season kicks off Dec. 25 and will end April 26, with the playoffs starting April 28.

For the most part, the new schedule isn't all that ridiculous. Not like the 50-game schedule in 1999, at least. Typically, 82 games are squeezed into roughly 165 days. This season, 66 are pushed into about 120. Two extra games per month isn't thatheavy, but the set of back-to-back-to-back games won't be fun.

Any time players are overworked, injuries and quality of play become issues, but that's just the breaks at this point. Yes, the league could have decided to go with 60 or 56 games instead, but getting the max amount of games into a season not only means everyone makes more money, but the season has a bit more credibility to it.

The most important thing: There actually is a schedule.

Category: NBA
Posted on: December 6, 2011 5:57 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2011 8:42 pm
 

Carmelo is not returning to Denver this year

Posted by Royce Young

There are going to be a number of scheduling casualties because of the shortened 66-game schedule. Not every team will visit every city, so some places will miss out on big nights where Kobe or LeBron or Durant come to town.

Just the breaks when you cut 20 percent off.

One major schedule bummer: Carmelo Anthony won't be making a return to Denver this season.

The Knicks won't be traveling to the Rockies this season to take on whatever incarnation of a team the Nuggets have.

Obviously Melo's return to the Pepsi Center wasn't going to have near the vitriol or anger that LeBron's return to Cleveland had, but still, it was going to be a marquee night in the NBA. Any time a star that carried a franchise leaves and returns, it makes for good storylines.

Melo's departure wasn't all that ugly, but he did essentially force a trade out of Denver, leaving that team slightly a mess. To the credit of the Nuggets though, they recovered very well and made a playoff run, falling to Oklahoma City in the opening round of the postseason. But the effects of the deal are being felt this season as the Nuggets only have a handful of players under contract currently and are likely losing their best player in Nene.

So if it's to be a frustrating season in Denver, the shame is that the man that sort of has caused it isn't even coming back to be yelled at.
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:46 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2011 11:40 am
 

Schedule Buzz: LA opens with back-to-back-to-back

Posted by Royce Young

The NBA schedule is set to be officially released Tuesday night on NBA TV, but already bits and pieces are starting to be leaked. Here's a run-down.

  • One interesting nugget has dropped out via the L.A. Times. The Lakers open the season with a dreaded back-to-back-to-back set of games, which includes Dec. 25 at home against the Bulls, Dec. 26 at Sacramento and Dec. 27 at home against Utah. How's that for a start?
  • Each team will have at least one set of back-to-back-to-back games in its schedule with no more than three. According to the report, the Lakers don't have another set other than the one they open with. 
  • So if you're an NBA conspiracy theorist, you'll see this as the league favoring the older Lakers (read: Kobe's knees) by getting their back-to-back-to-back out of the way early before they're bogged down with five games in six nights and long weeks of game piled in
  • Keep in mind though: The Lakers will be without Andrew Bynum for the first five games of the season because of his suspension in last season's playoffs for trying to decapitate J.J. Barea. 
  • Also of note: Because of the shortened season, the Lakers won't travel to every NBA city. The Lake Show won't be gracing Atlanta, Chicago, New Jersey, Charlotte or Indianapolis with their presence. Dwight Howard won't be visiting his potential new home either. The Magic won't be traveling to the Staples Center. 
  • The Grizzlies get the other end of the stick. The Memphis Commercial-Appeal reports that after opening the season against the Spurs in a rematch of their first round playoff series, the first win in Grizzlies franchise history, Memphis will play Miami and Boston, but only on the road. They will also get Chicago as one of their Eastern opponents who they play twice in a season, and in a three-game set with the Lakers, will play on the road at Staples Center two out of those three games. In short, the Grizzlies will face four of the top five teams in the league five times. That's pretty rough.
  • The Suns have a mixed sched. They have to play Chicago, Miami, Orlando, and Boston on the road, but they only play them once. They do play San Antonio, LA, and Dallas four times. That's a pretty rough bit. Other than that, though, the Suns ave a comfier set. Their visiting East opponents are Atlanta, Cleveland, and Milwaukee. On the other end of it, the six teams they play four times in the West include four playoff teams plus Houston and Blake Giffin. 
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:39 am
 

Report: Final Christmas game to be Magic-Thunder



By Matt Moore
  

Well, if Dwight Howard gets traded before the season opener, it's going to be quite the coal in Magic fans' stockings, and it'll be on display for all the world. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the fifth and final Christmas Day opening game of the season after Heat-Mavericks, Knicks-Celtics, Bulls-Lakers, and yesterday's report of Clippers-Warriors will be the Magic visiting the Thunder in Oklahoma City. 

It makes a lot of sense for the league. With another open spot, it's only natural that the Thunder, one of the league's most popular and up-and-still-coming teams make the debut. This means that the Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies are the only teams to make the second round who will not play on opening day. Oklahoma City is also the only true "small market" team to play on Christmas Day, though Miami is by the technical definition. 

If Howard is still in Orlando, it should be a competitive game, with Howard matched up against his old nemesis Kendrick Perkins, and the Thunder's perimeter attack faced up against a formidable backcourt when hot in Orlando. Kevin Durant had an "unspectacularly spectacular" season last year, and the shortened season with a team of tight-knit young guys may allow him to have a career year. He'll get his shot to open up right away. Christmas in Oklahoma. What could be better? 

 
Posted on: December 1, 2011 4:15 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2011 4:16 pm
 

Report: Warriors to play Clippers on Christmas

Posted by Royce Young

What was once a triple-header has evolved into a quintuple-header to open the NBA season on Christmas. Right now, the known games are the Celtics at the Knicks, the Heat at the Mavericks and the Bulls at the Lakers. Add Blake Griffin and the Clippers heading to Oracle Arena against the Warriors to that list as well, according to InsideBayArea.com.

The set of games is to include a 10:30 p.m. ET West Coast game and that would presumably be it. The slots are (all Eastern), noon, 2:30, 5:00, 8:00 and 10:30. Celtics-Knicks will be the noon game and I'd imagine the Heat and Mavs would be the 2:30 slot. With the Warriors anchoring at the 10:30, that leaves the Lakers and Bulls to play at either 5:00 or 8:00.

Not surprising the league woudl lean on the Warriors and Clippers for this game. You've got Griffin, the great Warrior crowd, the debut of Mark Jackson coaching Golden State and lots of offense from Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis. Easy choice.

Question is what the other game would be. Most are speculating that it will be Thunder versus Grizzlies, but that's not set in stone yet.

Look for the full, revised NBA schedule to come out sometime next week.
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Report: NBA to have five Christmas Day games

Posted by Royce Young

The NBA will open the 2011-12 season on Christmas, but not with the triple-header that David Stern himself said during the end-of-the-lockout press conference. Instead, there will be a five-game set with one on TNT, two on ABC and two on ESPN, according to the New York Times.

Times, all Eastern, would be noon, 2:30, 5:00, 8:00 and 10:30. 

Last season the NBA had five games on Christmas with pretty much that exact same setup. Originally, the schedule this season was to feature a triple-header with the Celtics at the Knicks, the Heat at the Mavericks and the Bulls at the Lakers.

I'd assume those games would remain, but the league would bring in two more marquee teams to play. Maybe the Thunder against the Grizzlies in a Western semifinal rematch? Or the Clippers at the Magic? Blake Griffin versus Dwight Howard would certainly draw interest, I'd think.

Look for the full, revised NBA schedule to come out sometime next week.
Category: NBA
Posted on: November 27, 2011 2:08 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 12:36 pm
 

A few scheduling details emerge

Posted by Royce Young

Because the lockout cut all the way deep into November, the NBA will be force to re-do the current schedule. Now, the season will consist of 66 games piled basically into a four and a half month window.

Everyone wants details and finally, a few have found their way out. Via the New York Times, here are a couple scheduling notes:
  • The schedule will run Dec. 25 to April 26.
  • Teams will average 3.9 games a week, up from the usual 3.5. That equals about two extra games a month.
  • Each team will play at least one back-to-back-to-back. The max number of back-to-back-to-backs a team could play is three.
  • Teams will play 48 in-conference games, which is four fewer than normal, and 18 out-of-conference games. Because of that arrangement, not all teams will visit each city. Which is a bummer.
  • Here's a potentially important note: Every second-round playoff series will feature one back-to-back set of games. This is to try and shorten the playoffs since the regular season will be expanding a week and a half. In terms of quality of play at the most important time, having a back-to-back in the postseason is huge. Way to go, lockout.

For the most part, the new schedule won't be all that ridiculous. Not like the 50-game schedule in 1999, at least. Typically, 82 games are squeezed into roughly 165 days. This season, 66 will be pushed into about 120. Two extra games per month isn't that heavy, but the set of back-to-back-to-back games won't be fun.

Any time players are overworked, injuries and quality of play become issues, but that's just the breaks at this point. Yes, the league could have decided to go with 60 or 56 games instead, but getting the max amount of games into a season not only means everyone makes more money, but the season has a bit more credibility to it.

The most important thing: There actually is a schedule.

Category: NBA
Posted on: August 11, 2010 11:04 am
Edited on: August 11, 2010 11:08 am
 

Breaking down the back-to-backs

Posted by Royce Young

Other than the fact that since it's August and we're all starved for NBA news, the schedule release typically doesn't have a ton of surprises. On the surface, all schedules are created equal with everyone having 41 home games and 41 road games. (Unless you're the Lakers and you get a couple extra home games when you go on the "road" to play the Clippers.)

But all schedules are not equal. Not in the slightest actually. Other than some teams getting contenders four times instead of three because of the way the scheduling rotation works and the fact the Clippers have a 10-game road trip (!), there's the issue of back-to-backs. And back-to-backs can take what looks to be an easy month and turn it into a 30-day grind.

The Bulls and Bucks lead the way with 23 back-to-backs. That's a bummer for the Bulls who had one of the highest totals in the league last season. For all you Laker haters, here's some more ammo: The champs only have 15, which is tied for the fewest in the league. The Suns have just 16 and the Thunder and Hawks have only 17.

Six teams have 22, six have 21, two have 20, six have 19 and four have 18. The full list:

1. Chicago - 23
2. Milwauke -  23
3. Charlotte - 22
4. Cleveland - 22
5. LA Clippers - 22
6. New Jersey - 22
7. Philadelphia - 22
8. Portland - 22
9. Detroit - 21
10. Houston - 21
11. Indiana - 21
12. Memphis - 21
13. New York - 21
14. Washington - 21
15. Dallas - 20
16. Orlando - 20
17. Boston - 19
18. Denver - 19
19. Miami - 19
20. Minnesota - 19
21. Toronto - 19
22. Utah - 19
23. Golden State - 18
24. New Orleans - 18
25. Sacramento - 18
26. San Antonio - 18
27. Atlanta - 17
28. Oklahoma City - 17
29. Phoenix - 16
30. LA Lakers - 15

One underrated angle on the back-to-backs is how many games a team gets against a team on the second night of a back-to-back. Phoenix has the most in the league with 15 games against teams that played the night before. The Suns are followed by Cleveland (10), Oklahoma City (10), Atlanta (10) and San Antonio (9).

The Lakers, who have the fewest back-to-backs in the league, only have four games against a team that played the night before. Sacramento has the fewest in the league with only one.

Related to that, the Bucks, Cavs, Celtics, Bobcats, Bulls, Grizzlies and Clippers all have four or more games against a team playing in its fourth game in five days with no rest. The Lakers, Suns, Warriors, Spurs and 76ers have zero such games.
 
And on the flip side of that, the Bobcats, Cavs, Bucks, 76ers and Wizards all have four games that are on the fourth game in five days with no rest. So clearly the league tried to even that out. You get some, you give some. A bunch of teams only have to do that once including the Suns, Thunder, Lakers and Heat.

Based on back-to-backs, days off and playing against unrested opponents, you could make a strong case that Oklahoma City and Phoenix have two of the most favorable schedules in the league. The Lakers, while having the fewest back-to-backs, also have one of the lowest amount of games against unrested opponents.

While the schedule is going to be unfair for some teams because that's just life, it's clear the league tried to even things out. Playing against a team that is coming in off a red eye flight and that played just 20 hours ago is a huge advantage. Probably even more than having a low number of back-to-back games.

But back-to-backs are just part of the schedule story. Who are the back-to-backs against? What about long road trips, days off and long home stands? In the end, it doesn't matter all that much. For the most part, the best teams win and the bad teams lose.

Info pulled from NBAStuffer.com
 
 
 
 
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