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NBA Scheduling Look: Opening Night

So October 25th is just around the corner!…. Well, not really. However, what we can do at the least is talk about the scheduling coming up on opening night.

October 25th

New York Knicks @ Cleveland Cavaliers:

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It’s ring night for the Cavs, and unfortunately the Knicks have to take part in it. Now based off what we saw in the off-season for the Knicks this could be a good chance at a first look at the revamp in the roster and coaching. Derek Rose and Joakim Noah join Melo and Porzingis, while Jeff Hornacek proves he was hired to steer the franchise in the right direction. As for Cleveland, the game is theirs to win or lose. Yes they will raise a championship banner in the city for the first time in 52 years, and yes there is the possibility of a “championship hangover” in the process. The attitude of whether we lose on ring night could loom, but at the same time with the new additions to the Knicks they’ve so desperately needed, this game could go either way.jazzplayer-181x300

 

Utah Jazz @ Portland Trailblazers:

 

Again, the Jazz were eliminated from playoff contention by a game played minutes before their tipoff on “Mamba Night” last season. For a team that boasts a strong interior defense behind the “Stifle Tower” Rudy Gobert and a team that ranked 2nd in the league in Opponent Points Per Game, it will be a good game to watch and see how they fair against stopping the dynamic duo of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Also don’t forget the addition of the newly added youth of Festus Ezeli and Shabazz Napier.

 

San Antonio Spurs @ Golden State Warriors:

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - FEBRUARY 27: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors looks for a play as Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder apples pressure during the first quarter of a NBA game at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on February 27, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)

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The moment we’ve all been waiting for. The big moment where everyone see’s how Kevin Durant will fair playing with his new team; and no, playing in Rio with Draymond Green and Klay Thompson does not count. With David Lee and Pau Gasol now suiting up for the best coach in the NBA, I’m sure those two will find ways to contribute during their time on the floor. As for the Warriors, hopefully this game will serve as an answer to everyone’s question, of “how can 4 superstars share 1 basketball?”

 

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