Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Nets' 2014-15 schedule
By Mike Mazzeo
The Brooklyn Nets' 2014-15 schedule has been released. Here's our quick take:
Season opener: The Nets kick off the season in Boston on Oct. 29 at TD Garden. All indications are that former Celtic Kevin Garnett will return for his 20th season in the NBA, but nothing is official. Assuming they’re ready, Brook Lopez and Deron Williams will play in their first official games post-surgery, while rookie Bojan Bogdanovic will make his highly anticipated NBA debut.
Home opener: The Nets will open their Barclays Center schedule against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Nov. 3. Will Durant’s agent Jay Z be in attendance? The summer of 2016 can’t get here fast enough.
Kidd comes back: Former coach Jason Kidd, who abruptly left the Nets after just one season to become coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, returns to Brooklyn for the first time Nov. 19. The Bucks also come to town March 20.
East River rivalry: This season’s Nets-New York Knicks matchups will take place on Nov. 7 (home), Dec. 2 (Madison Square Garden), Feb. 6 (home) and April 1 (MSG).
Facing the King: The Nets take on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Dec. 8 (home), Dec. 19 (road), March 18 (road) and March 27 (home).
Walking in Memphis: New Nets coach Lionel Hollins, who coached the Grizzlies to a 56-win season and a trip to the Western Conference finals in 2011-12, returns to Memphis on Feb. 10.
No X-Mas game: Nope. Not this season. The Nets were blown out on Christmas Day the past two seasons anyway, so perhaps that’s a good thing. They also don’t play on New Year’s Eve, which means no beatdown in San Antonio.
Road warriors: The Nets play eight straight games away from home spanning three weeks from Feb. 7 to Feb. 28. They take on Washington (Feb. 7), Milwaukee (Feb. 9) and Memphis (Feb. 10). Then comes the All-Star break, so they don’t play again for 10 days. Trips to Los Angeles (Feb. 20 at Lakers), Denver (Feb. 23), New Orleans (Feb. 25), Houston (Feb. 27) and Dallas (Feb. 28) follow.
Remember me? Paul Pierce and the Washington Wizards visit Barclays Center on Jan. 17 and April 10. Shaun Livingston and the Golden State Warriors come into town March 2.
Back-to-backs: The Nets have 19 back-to-back sets this season: two in November, five in December, four in January, three in February, two in March, one bridging March and April and two more in April. Remember, Garnett and Lopez could be restricted as far as back-to-backs are concerned.
Other notable home dates: Nov. 5 (Minnesota, and Andrew Wiggins?), Nov. 30 (Chicago, Derrick Rose time), Dec. 3 (San Antonio, defending champions), Jan. 12 (Houston, will Dwight Howard ever play in Barclays Center?) and Jan. 30 (Toronto, the other Atlantic rival comes to town).
The good news: The Nets play eight of their last 11 games at home -- and one of the remaining three road games is in Manhattan. They close out the 2014-15 campaign with a home date against the Orlando Magic on April 15.