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 Rockets have five games left before the All-Star Break, which will give them 38 games in the second half of the season. However, the Rockets’ three home postponements, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Indiana, were not listed in the schedule release.
The Rockets have nine back-to-backs in the second half of the year, including one to start the second half in Sacramento and Utah.
The Rockets have the toughest remaining schedule of any team in the NBA, with a .528 winning percentage.
Here’s a list of the Rockets games:
Thu. 3/11 @ Kings, Fri. 3/12 @ Jazz, Sun. 3/14 vs. Celtics, Tue. 3/16 vs. Hawks, Wed. 3/17 vs. Warriors, Fri. 3/19 vs. Pistons, Sun. 3/21 vs. Thunder, Mon. 3/22 vs. Raptors, Wed. 3/24 vs. Hornets, Fri. 3/26 & Sat. 3/27 @ Timberwolves, Mon. 3/29 vs. Grizzlies, Wed. 3/31 @ Nets
March 24th’s game against the Hornets marks the end of a season-long seven-game homestand and the final game before the NBA Trade Deadline on March 25.
The Rockets head to Brooklyn for Round 2 against James Harden and the Nets.
Fri. 4/2 @ Celtics, Sun. 4/4 vs. Pelicans, Mon. 4/5 vs. Suns, Fri. 4/9 @ Clippers, Sat. 4/10 @ Warriors, Mon. 4/12 @ Suns, Fri. 4/16 vs. Nuggets, Sun. 4/18 @ Magic, Mon. 4/19 @ Heat, Wed. 4/21 vs. Jazz, Fri. 4/23 vs. Clippers, Sat. 4/24 @ Nuggets, Tue. 4/27 vs. Timberwolves, Thu. 4/29 vs. Bucks
With five games coming against the Top 4 in the West and four back-to-backs, April will surely be a tough month for the team.
There are definitely some opportunities for some of the postponed games to be added here in May, with the Rockets getting three days off from 4/6-4/8 and 4/13-4/15.
Sat. 5/1 vs. Warriors, Sun. 5/2 vs. Knicks, Wed. 5/5 vs. 76ers, Fri. 5/7 @ Bucks, Sat. 5/8 @ Jazz, Mon. 5/10, @ Trail Blazers, Wed. 5/12 @ Lakers, Fri. 5/14 vs. Clippers, Sun. 5/16 @ Hawks
The Rockets’ only ESPN game comes on May 1 against the Warriors at home.
The team also faces one of the most brutal back-to-backs I’ve ever seen, travelling over 1,400 miles from Milwaukee to Salt Lake City to face the Bucks and Jazz. Yikes.
Red Nation, which games are you looking forward to the most?