The Nets will open their season on the road in Cleveland, the NBA announced.
Early in the season, the Nets will travel to play the Kings (Nov. 13), the Suns (Nov. 15), Clippers (Nov. 16) and return home to host the Blazers (Nov. 18). They’ll also have a three-game roadtrip in three countries, going to Toronto (Jan. 11), then take on the Hawks in London (Jan. 16) before playing the Knicks in MSG (Jan. 20).
The team will also play 20 back-to-back games, which is down from 23 last season.
Other notable games for the Nets see the Bulls come to Brooklyn on Christmas Day and making their first visit to Boston on January 26, 2014.
The Nets and Knicks will meet on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 20, for an afternoon game.
The team’s full schedule is online here.
Brian ErniInitial thoughts: the Nets will get an early test on Opening Night in Cleveland against the upstart Cavs, then immediately stare down the Heat in their home opener before hitting the road for five of their next seven . A quick start out of the gate will be important — especially with a rookie coach — and there aren’t many gimmes in first two weeks (with home showdowns against Utah and Indiana, as well as a trip to the Staples Center for the Clippers as potential pitfalls).
The great thing about the Hawks game in London? It is technically an Atlanta home game, so the Nets won’t lose a date at the Barclays Center.
I hope the Nets will have things wrapped up by April, but should the Atlantic division (or seeding in the Eastern Conference) be in question, those two games against the Knicks on April 2nd and 15th will certainly loom large.
Tomorrow, the SNY Nets staff will begin our break down of the schedule by previewing pivotal first half match ups.