Mid-August is a pretty boring period on the NBA’s calendar. There are no monster dunks, ankle-breaking crossovers, or last second buzzer beaters this time of year. Even the four-letter-network-who-shall-not-be-named has some difficulty coming up with NBA news once the free agency period slows down. But have no fear die-hard NBA
nerds fans; the NBA released its schedule for the 2014-2015 this past Wednesday! It may not be as sexy as LeBron’s homecoming in Cleveland, the potential Kevin Durant homecoming in Washington (calm down Wiz fans), or even the potential for Andrew Wiggins to waste away his rookie contract in Minnesota, but the schedule does provide a first glimpse at the upcoming season.
The Charlotte Hornets schedule reveals many interesting games, subplots, and narratives for the new and improved Hornets 2.0. Here, I will break down the Hornets schedule and provide some insight into some of their more interesting matchups. However, instead of using boring headlines such as “Best Games of the Season” or “Most Intriguing Matchup”, I have come up with a few more entertaining headlines.
Game Most Likely to Have You Watching SportsCenter Top 10 Later That Night
The Los Angeles Clippers have a knack for producing Top 10 plays every time they take the court. Theoretically, the games against the Clips on November 24th and March 17th would fit nicely into this category. But as our old pal Lee Corso says on ESPN’S College Gameday, “Not so fast, my friend!”
I have selected the November 28th game versus the Golden State Warriors for this category. Last season, the Bobcats/Hornets defeated the Warriors in both games they played against each other, but North Carolina native Stephen Curry was lights out in defeat during the first game. Curry had a super-human 43 points and 9 assists in a losing effort. This game produced two of the top ten plays of the night that evening and another game in his hometown state should motivate Curry to produce another great game.
Painting is a timeless art that has produced some of the world’s greatest masterpieces. The NBA equivalent to painting is the low-post game of the NBA’s best big men. They work their magic in the paint and are a great throwback for older NBA fans that cherish nostalgia. On December 12th, three of the NBA’s most gifted low-post players go head-to-head when the Hornets take on the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis boasts a powerful front-line led by Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. Both of these big men are great scorers and skillful passers. Charlotte’s Al Jefferson has also gained a reputation for his inside scoring prowess and beautiful moves to gain an open shot, even while tightly guarded. This game will offer Hornets fans the ability to catch a timeless masterpiece, and could possibly create the greatest painting of the 2014-2015 NBA season.
Best Game to Utilize NBA League Pass
Why go to a live NBA game when NBA League Pass gives you the opportunity to watch every NBA game from the comfort of your living room? This awesome TV package is tailored for the hardcore NBA fans who will watch every one of his/her favorite team’s games. Hornets’ fans that own NBA League Pass, but do not want to pony up the money for game tickets, should not miss the December 17th game versus the Phoenix Suns. The Suns showed last season that they are a fun, energetic, and fast-paced team. PG Goran Dragić and company play an up-tempo style of offense, with minimal defense, which should allow for both teams to score over 100 points.
Best Game to Test out Your New Sleep Number Bed
The March 1st game against the Orlando Magic is the perfect time to test out the new Sleep Number bed that you’ve been waiting to buy. The best news is that the Hornets have four days off before this game which gives you plenty of time to select the perfect bed to snooze through a game in! Seriously, the Hornets should be able to handle the very youthful Magic and breeze to an easy victory. Having four days to rest before the game, Al Jefferson on the block against whomever the Magic try to defend him with, and a Magic team that will be more interested in their lottery position than winning by this point in the season, all combine to make this a very winnable game for Charlotte. Go ahead and sleep through this game on your new bed, you deserve it!
Game Most Likely to be Nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Drama category
The final game of the season on April 15th against the Toronto Raptors looks like a can’t miss game for Hornets fans. Both of these teams made the playoffs last season and both are looking to solidify their spot in the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference. With Charlotte’s offseason additions, the Hornets are looking to obtain a Top 4 seed in the playoffs, and this game could be the difference between the Hornets having home court advantage in the 1st round of the playoffs or not.