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Miami gets cakewalk early (and other schedule thoughts)

Jul 19, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

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The NBA’s schedule for the season is out and for at least one day we are going to ignore those ominous lockout clouds and pretend it’s just another sunny July day. With a full season ahead of us.

With that, some follow up thoughts after our first glance post earlier today.

• The Miami Heat are not going to get off to a slow start this time around. Remember last year they started 9-8 and everyone convinced Pat Riley was going to walk down out of his office, smack Erik Spoelstra around like the criminal in a Dirty Harry movie, then take over? Never happened and things worked out well enough for the Heat to make it to the NBA finals.

Next season, there will be no slow start thanks to the schedule maker. After a tough back-to-back to open the season (at Knicks then the Magic) the Heat have four of their next six against teams that didn’t make the playoffs. Nine of their first 12 are at home. This time around look for the Heat to get off to a fast start, but they have only 16 home games the last three months of the season.

• Hey, Kyrie Irving, congratulations on being the No. 1 overall pick. As a welcome to the NBA your career opener will be Nov. 2 against the Boston Celtics. Second best defensive team in the NBA last season, with a very long, aggressive point guard to go against. Have fun!

• Ricky Rubio enters the NBA taking on the Atlanta Hawks and Jeff Teague. Much easier road than Irving. (And Teague had better be the starter, unless the Hawks want to bring Bibby back again just to torture everyone.)

• The games before and after Christmas are pretty good presents as well (as always, Christmas has some marquee games with Heat vs. Mavericks, Celtics vs. Knicks and Bulls vs. Lakers). On Dec. 23 it is the Miami Heat vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder — not only two title contenders but also two very athletic, entertaining teams. That should be a good one. Then on Boxing Day (Dec. 26 for you non-Canadians) it is San Antonio vs. Memphis in a rematch of one of the best series of last year’s playoffs.

• If you’re looking for the day the New York media freaks out, the answer is Feb. 17 when Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets come into Madison Square Garden. The entire city of New York is convinced he is coming there after the season. I mean there was a wedding toast and everything. New CBA? What new CBA?

• Boston and Dallas lead the way with the most nationally televised games (30) with New York and Chicago just behind them (29). Three good teams and an entertaining one in the Knicks, but they are on more than the Heat and Lakers? Surprising.

• Man, I just hope there is a season.

  1. diablito0402 - Jul 19, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    Just the league trying to get lebricks confidense up from the dissaster from the finals.. After all its desperation for the nba because he is the face of the nba, too late they should of picked derrick rose instead.

    • david8726 - Jul 20, 2011 at 2:55 AM

      Derrick Rose? The guy that LeBron thrashed?

  2. lucky5934 - Jul 20, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    Yeah your right David, A small forward did thrash a point guard who had little help from his teammates. Too bad he couldn’t play that well when playing against guys his own size in the NBA Finals.

    • southbeachtalent - Jul 20, 2011 at 10:18 AM

      Like he played against the Celtics? Where those guys his “size”? hahahahahahaa

      Give it a rest lucky your sounding dumber by the post!

      • denverhoopdreams - Jul 20, 2011 at 11:25 AM

        I always thought it was only Lakers fans that were illiterate. Now we should chalk it up to Heat fans as well.

        *Were and *You’re. Just for future reference when YOU’RE calling someone out for being dumb at least spell everything correctly.

      • southbeachtalent - Jul 20, 2011 at 12:38 PM

        Denver, thanks for your quality post. I will make sure to monitor *your* post from now on.

        Please review these sentences and make sure I have not made any errors;

        Your Denver Nuggets suck.

        Your Broncos are horrible.

        You’re annoying.

        Let me know how I did. Thanks for your concern.

      • denverhoopdreams - Jul 20, 2011 at 2:13 PM

        Did you seriously just assume I like the Broncos? I don’t even like football, let alone watch it.

        And, even though we got booted first round against the Thunder, who actually went to lose against the Champions(in the WCF, not the Finals… because then that’d mean the Heat would win by the way… just thought I’d help remind you)… I’m sure with our team full of “role players” and not All-Stars could’ve still handed your weak ass Heat.

        And you did pretty well at spelling that time around.

      • southbeachtalent - Jul 21, 2011 at 11:44 AM

        The Nuggets, you can’t be serious??

        Your handle fits you perfectly.

      • denverhoopdreams - Jul 21, 2011 at 3:38 PM

        LeBron, D-Wade and Bosh have as much of a chance of winning a championship as the Nuggets. You explain to me why not. Go ahead.

    • Justin - Jul 20, 2011 at 10:28 AM

      A point guard should fly by a small forward. I rooted against the Heat in the finals but I’m also not blind. Derrick Rose, for some reason, got hardly any blame for what was a bad playoff series.

      • denverhoopdreams - Jul 20, 2011 at 11:30 AM

        I think a lot of it had to do with the pressure on Rose through out the playoffs, and through out the season in general. He wore down. He’s young still.. say they meet in the playoffs not this upcoming (yeah.. sure… like thats going to happen) but the season after. Rose WILL fly by LeBron.

      • southbeachtalent - Jul 20, 2011 at 12:42 PM

        Pressure on Rose? There was pressure on everyone. LeBron had a lot more pressure than Rose, that much is obvious. Rose fell apart. And your ASSumption that Rose will some how fly by LeBron in your hypothetical play-off game is rediculous and dumb. LeBron is a superior athlete, Rose said himself he could not score on him.

  3. crazyguy358 - Jul 20, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Are you guys saying lebrick better then rose yah he shutted him.down duh he could hes stronger and taller then him and chicago basicly gave it to rose if he had someone else chicago would of won

    • southbeachtalent - Jul 20, 2011 at 12:44 PM

      Wow I’m dizzy.

      That comment makes zero sense, typical PBT post.

  4. crazyguy358 - Jul 20, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    @southbeachtalent did he play good with someone hes own size in the finals like dirk and terry he choked

    • southbeachtalent - Jul 20, 2011 at 12:29 PM

      LeBron has never played well against the Mavs.. I give credit to the Mavs for playing great basketball. The Heat had other players that failed as well, like everyone has said this is a team sport.

  5. diablito0402 - Jul 21, 2011 at 12:48 AM

    Wow lebron thrashed rose,,,,, and marion thrashed lebron in the finals,,,, wow whats worse.

    • denverhoopdreams - Jul 21, 2011 at 11:13 AM

      Marion was the Anti-Lebron.

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