Schedule Breakdown



The NBA's regular-season schedule was released last night. You can see the full Grizzlies' schedule here.

Here are a few thoughts as we look ahead to what should be a really fun season:

Games of Note:

At Los Angeles Clippers — Wednesday, October 31st: The season opener is a tough one, a road rematch with the team that eliminated the Grizzlies from last season's playoffs. The bad news: The Clippers might be better this season after adding veterans like Chauncy Billups, Lamar Odom, Grant Hill, and Rony Turiaf to their bench. The good news: Blake Griffin had knee surgery this summer and might not be 100-percent for this game.

Utah Jazz — Monday, November 5th: The home opener against one of the West's young, emerging teams.

Houston Rockets — Friday, November 9th: “Linsanity” — to what ever degree it will still exist — makes its Memphis debut.

Miami Heat — Sunday, November 11th: The Heat didn't play in Memphis during the lockout season, but the defending champions come to town for their lone appearance here.

At Oklahoma City Thunder — Wednesday, November 14th: The team's first national television game (on ESPN) is also an early measuring stick against the defending Western Conference champs.

New York Knicks — Friday, November 16th: The first home national TV game (ESPN).

Los Angeles Lakers — Friday, November 23rd: This first home Laker game is during the Thanksgiving holiday. Should be a festive night.

Milwaukee Bucks — Wednesday, December 19th: The Grizzlies are hosting the Milwaukee Bucks on a Wednesday night with an 8:30 tip? On the surface, that shapes up as the lowest-attended game on the schedule. It's also on national television. This will be a test of how much the fan base cares about hosting a national TV game.

Dallas Mavericks — Friday, December 21st: O.J. Mayo makes his first Memphis appearance in another uniform.

Indiana Pacers — Monday, January 21st: A noon ESPN game as part of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemoration. And a good match-up between the best team's in each conference that lack a traditional “superstar.”

At Oklahoma City Thunder — Thursday, January 31st: The Grizzlies' lone primetime TNT game this season.

Golden State — Friday, February 8th: The Warriors are not a high-profile team, but are an increasingly interesting one, and this is their only FedExForum appearance this season.

Oklahoma City Thunder — Wednesday, March 20th: The only time this season that the Thunder will play at FedExForum — at least until the playoffs.

Boston Celtics — Saturday, March 23rd: Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo are two of the league's most interesting players to watch in person, and this will be their only appearance at FedExForum — at least until the NBA Finals (of my dreams).

Utah Jazz — Wednesday, April 17th: The season finale will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

General Notes:

Top Heavy: As you might have noticed, there are a lot of early contests in those “Games of Note.” Nine of first 14 games this season will be at home, including a season-long five-game homestand, and many of those are heavyweight games.

Back-to-Backs: After having 22, 20, and 20 back-to-back sets in the past three full seasons, the Grizzlies get a little bit of a break this season, with the number down to 18.

National TV Games: Discounting NBATV games, the Grizzlies have eight games on national television (seven on ESPN and one on TNT), evenly spilt among home and road games.

Road-Weary March: If the Grizzlies' schedule is home-heavy early, it has to balance out sometime. In March, the team will play 11 of 17 on the road, including their only long West Coast trip, a four-in-five-days trip in which they'll face the Blazers, Clippers, Nuggets, and Jazz.

Keep the Flyer Free!

Always independent, always free (never a paywall),
the Memphis Flyer is your source for the best in local news and information.

Now we want to expand and enhance our work.
That's why we're asking you to join us as a Frequent Flyer member.

You'll get membership perks (find out more about those here) and help us continue to deliver the independent journalism you've come to expect.

Add a comment