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NBA schedule officially released on Wednesday, some games leaking out already

Aug 13, 2014, 12:25 AM EDT

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Wednesday we’re going to find out what games we are going make the family watch on Christmas Day, which piss off our drunk uncle who will complain about how basketball was “better back in his day.”

Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET the NBA will announce the league’s schedule for next season in a special on NBA TV. That show will highlight the marquee games of the season — starting with the Oct. 28 double header tip off — and by the time it is over all the teams in the NBA will have released their schedule.

But some things are starting to leak out. Here is what we know.

• Christmas Day will feature five games and we apparently know all of them: Cavaliers and LeBron James at the Miami Heat (likely one of the two ABC marquee games); the Thunder and Spurs face off according to Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman (likely the other ABC game); the Clippers and Warriors (likely the last game of the night, as it was last year); the Knicks and the Wizards (likely the first day of the game); and the Bulls and Lakers (reportedly in Chicago).

• The Oct. 28 double header to open the season will feature the Spurs in one game, according to multiple reports, although there seems to be a split between whether the Cavaliers or Mavericks are the opponents (the Cavaliers make more marketing sense). The late game is reportedly the Rockets and Clippers.

• The Knicks reportedly will open their season with a brutal back-to-back of the Bulls and then Cavaliers.

Andrew Wiggins reportedly will make his NBA debut Oct. 29 when the Timberwolves travel to Memphis to face the Grizzlies.

• The NBA will play two regular season games overseas, both on Nov. 12 — the Rockets and Timberwolves in Mexico City, and the Knicks and Bucks (coached by Jason Kidd) in London.

  1. iammr713 - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Tomorrow all the Lakers-Hater are going to be upset & whinning because LA will be playing on Christmas & their Team/Organization won’t be. Get the tears out before Dec. Yes Lakers aren’t a Championship team at the moment but they will always be relevant and that’s one reason they will remain playing on Christmas like ever year.

    • antistratfordian - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:09 AM

      Losing on Christmas day is tradition for Lakers fans. They seem to take pride in it. Good for them.

    • k3nn3k - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      The only reason why this game is relevant is because of the Pau trade to the Bulls. I’d rather be the Clippers who plays Golden State and will be a tremendous basketball game, than the Lakers who are only playing because of a small story line…not for basketball reasons.

  2. knicksmets - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    That’s a rough one for the knicks,they’d be lucky to be 1-1 after the first two games. Definitely how a team wants to start out a season. I can’t see why they are playing on Christmas Day, they were good a few years ago but not now. They should have picked another team to play on Christmas.

    • antistratfordian - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:10 AM

      Don’t have to be good to play on xmas. Just in a big market. NY qualifies, I think… I don’t know… I might have to google that.

  3. jhuck92 - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    It’s amazing how one can rightfully use the term “brutal” to describe the new-look Cavs. It wouldn’t have been that way only a few months ago. One summer can really make or break a franchise

  4. ndirishfan1 - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    Can’t wait for overseas basketball in Mexico City!

    • blaxmyth - Aug 13, 2014 at 3:04 AM

      Can’t wait for overseas basketball in Johannesburg, South Africa

  5. bronx77 - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:33 AM

    I’m excited about that overseas Mexico game too……..

  6. davidly - Aug 13, 2014 at 5:26 AM

    Should be interesting to see how LBJ reacts when DWade gives him a cheap shot to the head, stomach, or nuts.

  7. mungman69 - Aug 13, 2014 at 5:38 AM

    Interstate highways in Hawaii.

  8. mungman69 - Aug 13, 2014 at 5:40 AM

    This may be the last Christmas that the Lakers are on for a while. Who can hate these Lakers?

  9. kingperk123 - Aug 13, 2014 at 6:27 AM

    Bulls Lakers why

  10. wrlegrand - Aug 13, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    I am glad the Knicks and Wizards will “likely be the first day of the game”…should be an interesting dynamic.

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