2014-15 NBA Schedule: Top 5 Must-See Games [Editorial]
The NBA released the full 2014-15 schedule on Wednesday and there are many reasons to be excited about the upcoming season. Playoff rematches, stars coming back from injury, LeBron James back in a Cleveland uniform, the list goes on.
The season will open Oct. 28 with the traditional ring night ceremony as the San Antonio Spurs host the Dallas Mavericks. That game will be followed by the return of Kobe Bryant as the Los Angeles Lakers host the Houston Rockets.
There are a lot of exciting matchups throughout the season. Here are my top five most intriguing games:
Dec. 25 Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat
This one’s a no-brainer. LeBron James returning to Miami as part of a new “Big 3,” and it’s on Christmas day? Thank you NBA for the early gift.
Dec. 25 Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers
Why is this my number 2? Because these two teams HATE each other. There aren’t that many real rivalries in the NBA anymore, but Warriors-Clippers is definitely a matchup of two teams that do not enjoy each other’s company. Can’t wait!
Oct. 31 Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls
The first of four games between these two teams, this is most likely a preview of the Eastern Conference Finals. We get an early look at how a healthy Derrick Rose and the Bulls match up with the new-look Cavs.
Oct. 29 Oklahoma City Thunder at Portland Trailblazers
Two young teams who may very well be fighting got one of the top three spots in the West, this is a very under-the-radar rivalry. There’s a little animosity brewing between these two teams after Kevin Durant proclaimed last season, “We don’t like them and they don’t like us.”
Nov. 22 Dallas Mavericks at Houston Rockets
As you can tell by now, I’m all about the rivalries. The Mavs and Rockets already have the “Texas rivalry” going, but after Dallas signed Chandler Parsons over the offseason both James Harden and Dwight Howard had some not-so-nice words to say about him. Parsons has been known to play with a chip on his shoulder, so it’ll be fun to see how he plays in his first game back in Houston.
What games are you most excited to see next season?