Top NBA Games of 2013-2014
It seems like it was just yesterday that LeBron James and the Miami Heat won their second straight NBA title. But now the NBA has announced the schedule for 2013-2014. Let's take a look at 10 of the games that have the best storylines, and will be must watch.
Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat on Opening Night: Remember when the Bulls beat the Heat to snap their 27 game winning streak? That was without Derrick Rose. Now, Rose returns and the Heat's road to a three-peat will become tougher.
Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers on November 7; Rockets at Lakers on February 19: Howard's first game against L.A. will be at home. So, that means Lakers fans won't get to let Howard hear their discontent until February. By then, Bryant should be healthy enough to take down his former center.
Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs on November 8: Stephen Curry dropped 44 in Game 1 on the Spurs in this year's playoffs, but the Spurs still came back to win, and won the series in six games. The Spurs and Warriors played a great series, and the two teams play an early season rematch. Who knows, maybe the screaming Spurs lady will be back?
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs on November 27: The Thunder and Spurs have been the top teams in the West the last few years, but the Thunder exited the playoffs earlier in 2013 when Russell Westbrook needed surgery.
Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers on December 10: The Pacers took the Heat to seven games, and got bigger in the offseason by adding Luis Scola. The Heat get an early test from the East's second seed in the playoffs last year.
Christmas Games: The Lakers get to host the Heat, the Bulls get a rematch with the Nets after Brooklyn ousted them in the playoffs last year, Kevin Durant goes head-to-head with Carmelo Anthony in Madison Square Garden, Dwight Howard takes on Tim Duncan for a Texas-sized Christmas, and the most exciting game may be between the Clippers and Warriors as Curry goes head-to-head with Blake Griffin and Chris Paul.
Rockets and Thunder play on December 29: The Rockets new duo of James Harden and Dwight Howard battle against the Thunder's Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook for West supremacy.
Garnett, Pierce return to Boston on January 26: Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce brought a title to Boston, and many good memories to TD Garden. However, this time it will be in black. Will Boston fans respond with booing, or cheering?
Heat and Thunder; January 29 in Miami, and February 20 in Oklahoma City: A rematch of the NBA Finals two years ago, and two of the NBA's best shooters. Ratings will be high for this showdown, again.
Heat and Spurs; January 26 in Miami, and March 6 in San Antonio: These two teams went seven games, and it's not like the Spurs won't want revenge after they nearly won the NBA Finals in six games, but collapsed.
Bonus games: San Antonio vs Minnesota on December 4 in Mexico City: Get this, Minnesota is the home team in this game. Seems odd considering San Antonio is in Texas and Texas borders Mexico.
Mike Miller and Grizzlies play at Miami on March 21: Miller won two titles with the Heat, and the Mitchell, South Dakota native is famous for his offensive explosion in Game 7 of the 2012 NBA Finals and his shoeless three-pointer against the Spurs in last year's Finals.