Thoughts on the Cavaliers schedule

The word undefeated comes to mind. I’m not trying to put too much pressure on anybody though so I’ll streamline into a series of other notes that jumped out at me from there.

Cavs fans will have the opportunity to see 3rd overall pick Bradley Beal play here in Cleveland on opening night when his Wizards come to town. He’ll be matched up with 4th overall pick Dion Waiters.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the 2nd overall selection in this year’s Draft, won’t be back here to CLE until the second last home game of the season on February 6th. January 4th the Cavaliers travel to Charlotte for a road match-up in their only other meeting of the season with his Bobcats.

At first I thought the Cavaliers would not be playing against 1st overall pick Anthony Davis and his New Orleans Hornets. Somehow I didn’t see the February 20th home date between this year’s number one pick and last year’s. Pretty weird I missed that. 

It will also be weird when Skyenga and his Lakers make their triumphant return to Cleveland on December 11th, but you already had that one circled. Steve Nash is coming with Kobe and Christian that night, along with Antawn Jamison.

Ryan Hollins will also be out for revenge himself on November 5th when the Cavs head to Los Angeles to do battle with his Clippers. Ryan will have teammates Chris Paul and Blake Griffin fired up for that one to be sure.

That Clipper game is also the second road game during a month in November where the Cavaliers play 11 of 15 away from the Q. After playing Washington and then Chicago at home to open the season, their next six games are on the road; a stretch that ends on November 13th when they make their first trip out to Brooklyn.

I’m not anywhere near trying to project wins or losses right now, but if the Cavs come out of their first 17 games above .500 that’s doing something I think.

Here’s some other notes I pulled out of the Cavaliers press release on the schedule:

  • Season Opener: For the fourth consecutive season and eighth time in the past nine seasons, the Cavaliers will open the 2012-13 season at Quicken Loans Arena.
  • That November road trip I was talking about is their longest of the season: Cleveland will then embark on their longest road trip of the season, a six-game, 11-day stretch that starts in Milwaukee and then takes the Cavs to California before they work their way back east with stops in Phoenix, Oklahoma City and Brooklyn. 
  • Televised on FSO: Every Cavaliers game will be televised in High-Definition (HD) on FOX Sports Ohio, with the exception of the December 5th home game versus the Chicago Bulls that will be broadcast on ESPN TV locally and nationally. 
  • Radio Broadcasts: All games will also be broadcast across the Cavaliers Radio Network by the Cavaliers’ flagship station WTAM 1100 AM. 
  • National TV Games: The Cavs will also appear on at least three NBA TV national broadcasts: Nov. 18th at Philadelphia, Nov. 26th at Memphis and Feb. 23rd at Orlando. 
  • Home stands: A seven-game home stand from Feb. 2-20, highlighted by visits from Western Conference finalists Oklahoma City (Saturday, Feb. 2nd) and San Antonio (Wednesday, Feb. 13th), and a five-game home stand from Feb. 27 – March 8, in which the Cavs will play four consecutive games against 2012 NBA Playoffs teams (Friday, March 1st versus the L.A. Clippers, Monday, March 4th versus New York, Wednesday, March 6th versus Utah and Friday, March 8th versus Memphis).
  • Back-to-backs and things like that: Twenty-two sets of back-to-back games, including one home-home set, eight home-road sets, eight road-home sets and five road-road set…Four occasions in which the Cavs will play four games in five nights, two instances in which the Cavs will play five games in seven nights and one stretch in which they will play eight games in 12 days (Dec. 11-22).

The Cavaliers should have more nationally televised games than three. Kyrie obviously cannot believe that’s what the schedule-makers did in the picture above either. It would also be better if their February home stand came in November. Washington is going down in the opener. More later, have a great Friday. 

Brendan Bowers

About Brendan Bowers

I am the founding editor of StepienRules.com. I am also a content strategist and social media manager with Electronic Merchant Systems in Cleveland. My work has been published in SLAM Magazine, KICKS Magazine, The Locker Room Magazine, Cleveland.com, BleacherReport.com, InsideFacebook.com and elsewhere. I've also written a lot of articles that have been published here.

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