The NBA regular season is closer than you think.
Washington’s 2010-2011 schedule was officially released today, meaning its almost time to predict a record for the season. I’ll be doing a month-by-month analysis starting tomorrow. Below are some notes on my overall opinion of how the schedule unfolds…
- Three of Washington’s first four games are on the road. That doesn’t bode well for the inexperienced youngsters.
- In late January, the Wizards have a brutal four game stretch away from home against the Thunder, Grizzlies, Mavericks, and Hornets. That might be the section of the year when Washington is officially knocked out of the playoff race (sorry to be a downer).
- Final game of the year? At Cleveland. Even if Washington is 30 games below .500, I hope we blow out the equally as pitiful Cavs. Yes, I know LeBron is gone. And yes, I do still harbor bad feelings from those multiple playoff series.
- The Wizards have three nationally televised games: Their season opener in Orlando is on TNT (Magic are opening a new stadium and it’s John Wall’s debut), November 25 in Atlanta is on TNT (not sure of the significance in this one), and, on January 29, they play at home against the Suns on ESPN. It’s hard to imagine Washington winning any of those games, but who knows what could happen.
- For NBA TV viewers, the Wizards are slated for five appearances on the network. The best of those games? December 18, when Washington takes on the Heat in D.C. for the first time. Can’t wait to hear Wizards fans boo like crazy for Mr. James.
- Finally, the home opener is November 2 against the Philadelphia 76ers. John Wall versus Evan Turner. Gotta love it.
As I mentioned before the jump, come back tomorrow for part one of my full breakdown of Washington’s schedule. I’ll get into specifics and predict the Wizards record for the months of October and November.