The Rockets' 2014-15 schedule has been released today. As previously reported the Rockets will hit the road take on Lakers on the Opening Night, October 28 on TNT. Love him or hate him, Rockets fans will once again be on the opposing side of Jeremy Lin. Linsanity and Kobe on the same team sounds
like a disaster interesting. But what else did we learn from the schedule?
The Rockets have 25 games on national television. Breaking it down by network, Houston has nine games on ESPN, eight games on NBA TV, six games on TNT, and two games on ABC. Both games on ABC are on the road, March 15 against the Chris Paul lead Clippers and April 5 against Kevin Durant's Thunder. There are also three games on Tuesday night, that aren't already nationally televised, that could be picked for NBA TV Fan Night - November 4 at Miami, March 3 at Atlanta, and March 17 against Orlando.
The Rockets don't have a game on Christmas Day, but they do have a game on New Year's Eve (vs. Charlotte) and Martin Luther King Day (vs. Indiana).
But, who cares about national television or holidays? When are the 'revenge' games? As previously noted, the Rockets play Jeremy Lin and the Lakers Opening Night on October 28. Lin returns to Houston for the first time on Jan 3. Chris Bosh plays his first against against Houston, after spurring them for second time, in Miami on November 4. Bosh and the Heat travel to Houston on January 3. Chandler Parsons gets his first crack against the Rockets on November 22 in Houston. Former Rockets, now Pelicans center Omer Asik returns to Houston on December 18. Trevor Ariza faces his former team, Washington Wizards, in Houston on December 28 and March 29 in the District of Columbia.
Turing our attention to the Texas teams and Oklahoma City. The Rockets welcome the defending NBA Champions San Antonio Spurs to town on November 6. Houston head to Brick Town on November 16 for their first game against the Thunder. As previously mentioned, the first Mavericks/Rockets game is November 22.
What about the Blazers, when do the Rockets get their first crack since the playoffs? Houston travels to Portland on December 22 and face the Blazers in Houston on March 11.
Fan of Lebron James? Dwight Howard and James Harden lead Rockets in Cleveland on January 7 and welcome the Cavs to Houston on March 1.
Take the opponents out of it, the next important part of the schedule is the number of back-to-backs. The Rockets play 20 back-to-backs. Eight of the back-to-backs are two straight games on the road.
Stay with The Dream Shake for more breakdown of the 2014-15 schedule, but what game are you most looking for?