Get those calendars out, Red Nation!
The NBA released its schedule for the season up until the All-Star Break Friday afternoon. The league released just the first half of games to prepare for any games postponed from the coronavirus.
The schedule is mapped out until March 5 when the All-Star Break is set to take place.
The Rockets have four back-to-backs in the first half of the year, including a brutal stretch in early February where the team plays six games (five road, one home) in nine days between Feb. 1-9.
The season also features some “two-game home series” in an effort to limit travel between teams. The Rockets have four of these series — two home series against the Kings and Lakers and two road series against the Spurs and Thunder.
Here’s a list of the Rockets games:
Wed. 12/23 vs. Thunder, Sat. 12/26 @ Trail Blazers, Mon. 12/28 @ Nuggets, Thu. 12/31 vs. Kings
The season opener comes against the Thunder, who will look far different from the team they faced in the first round of the playoffs this summer.
Sat. 1/2 vs. Kings, Mon. 1/4 vs. Mavericks, Wed. 1/6 @ Pacers, Fri. 1/8 vs. Magic, Sun. 1/10 vs. Lakers, Tue. 1/12 vs. Lakers, Thu. 1/14 @ Spurs, Sat. 1/16 @ Spurs, Mon. 1/18 @ Bulls, Wed. 1/20 vs. Suns, Fri. 1/22 @ Pistons, Sat. 1/23 @ Mavericks, Tue. 1/26 vs. Wizards, Thu. 1/28 vs. Trail Blazers, Sat. 1/30 @ Pelicans
The Rockets first crack at the Lakers will come in early January during a two-game series in Houston.
Russell Westbrook will return to Houston on the 26th to face the Rockets in the first of two meetings this season.
Mon. 2/1 @ Thunder, Wed. 2/3 @ Thunder, Thu. 2/4 @ Grizzlies, Sat. 2/6 vs. Spurs, Mon. 2/8 @ Hornets, Tue. 2/9 @ Pelicans, Thu. 2/11 vs. Heat, Sat. 2/13 @ Knicks, Mon. 2/15 @ Wizards, Wed. 2/17 @ 76ers, Fri. 2/19 vs. Mavericks, Sat. 2/20 vs. Pacers, Mon. 2/22 vs. Bulls, Wed. 2/24 @ Cavaliers, Fri. 2/26 @ Raptors [in Tampa]
The Eastern Conference Champion Heat make their annual trip to Houston to face the Rockets on TNT.
John Wall makes his return to DC to face his former team.
Mon. 3/1 vs. Cavaliers, Wed. 3/3 vs. Nets
In the final game before the All-Star Break, Kevin Durant and the Nets come to town in a nationally-televised contest.
Red Nation, which games are you looking forward to the most?