15 Aug 10 Big Games To Watch in the 2016 NBA Season
The NBA has released its official schedule for the 2015-16 season and after reading over it, here are ten BIG games that should be of great interest to NBA fans:
1. The Big Comeback-Spurs at Thunder-October 28, 2015
Kevin Durant: Being back for USA minicamp like "basketball heaven" http://t.co/wZta7ucldg
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) August 12, 2015
Actually, it’s not just Kevin Durant who’s making a BIG comeback. Kobe Bryant is too. But Bryant was already in this same spot last season, only to injure himself again. But after being perennial title contenders, the Thunder missed the playoffs last year as they struggled with injuries-specifically the foot injury of Kevin Durant. Durant has been raring to get back into action and we saw a glimpse of him at the USAB mini-camp. Well, he looked as 100% as he declared and that should be a problem for the rest of the league. We’ll see how his foot does against the re-tooled Spurs on opening night.
2. The Big Gamble-Hawks at Knicks-October 29, 2015
season schedule is out! Im EXCITED! now gotta keep putting that off season work in and be ready! pic.twitter.com/JYYFbLgfdS
— Kristaps Porzingis (@kporzee) August 12, 2015
We all heard the boos and saw the tears at Barclays Center when Phil Jackson took a leap of faith in picking Kristaps Pozringis at #4 in the 2015 draft. Sure, a lot of fans were disappointed, but his play in the Summer League proved that he belongs to the NBA. Physically, there is a lot of work to be done but with hard work and determination, Pozringis could be a steal instead. Let’s see how this Euro wonder will turn those boos to cheers and tears to laughter on opening night at the Mecca of hoops.
3. The Big Return-Thunder at Wizards-November 10, 2015
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) July 9, 2015
Okay, it’s KD again. But this time, it’s not about the comeback nor about the Thunder. It’s about the story that refuses to die: KD going home to DC in 2016. Durant becomes a free agent at the end of the season and if those rumors are to be believed, he will be going to the Washington Wizards next season. And why not? The Wizards have one of the best backcourt duos today in John Wall and Bradley Beal. Plus they have a good young supporting crew who have the potential of giving him the NBA title he couldn’t and still hasn’t won in OKC. This game is more than just basketball just as the KD8 is more than a shoe. It’s Durant’s story from DC to OKC and maybe back.
4. The Big U-Turn-L.A. Clippers at Mavericks-November 11, 2015
I want him fouled every minute of their first game here. 6 hour game. 148 FT attempts. We will set records.
— Bob Sturm (@SportsSturm) July 9, 2015
The DeAndre Jordan saga hasn’t ended with him signing with the Clippers, it’s only begun. Look, here’s a free agent who agreed in principle to sign with the Mavs only to rescind that agreement and return to his original team after their billionaire owner, team coach/president and star players held him hostage inside his house until he affixed his signature on a contract. Bizarre? That would have been just another story in Hollywood, but in Dallas D.J. is public enemy number one right now. I wonder if the Mavs will really foul him every minute of their first game back. This game is the answer to that.
5. The Big Catch- Spurs at Blazers November 11, 2015
— ESPN (@espn) July 4, 2015
There was no bad blood when LaMarcus Aldridge left Portland but the Blazers fired assistant coach Kim Hughes for revealing that their superstar big man was leaving Rip City. That is the thing of the past now but since then, the Spurs have become title favorites with their Texan son returning home. On the other hand, Damian Lillard is what is left of the once formidable starting unit of Portland. Gone too are Robin Lopez, Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews. Sound like trying times in Portland this season. They might as well change their name to R.I.P city this year.
6. The Big Revenge Celtics at Cavs-December 15, 2015
Kevin Love: "I thought it was a bush-league play … I have no doubt in my mind that he did it on purpose"
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) April 26, 2015
You always wonder how the Cavs would have fared in the NBA Finals had Kevin Love suited up. But he didn’t because of bush-league Kelly Olynyk who looked like he intentionally grabbed Love’s hand which caused his shoulder injury. Well Love has signed to return to the Cavs along with LeBron to finally bring home the trophy to Ohio. But before that, the Cavs will have to face the Celtics and you bet Kevin Love is raring for a pay back. It may not be by breaking Olynyk’s shoulder but by playing his best game of the season. Wanna bet on that?
7. The Big Favorites Cavs at Spurs-January 14, 2016
— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) July 6, 2015
The Spurs, not the Warriors are the Vegas favorites to top the West this season and face LeBron and the Cavs in the Finals. The odds are also saying the Cleveland will win the NBA title in 2016 and we’ll see a preview of that match-up in this game. The Spurs have added Aldridge and David West while the Cavs will be returning a healthy Anderson Varejao, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. With this kind of talent on both squads, this could very well likely be the preview of the 2016 NBA Finals, with due respect for the Dubs.
8. The Big Rematch- Cavs at Warriors-December 25, 2015; Warriors at Cavs-January 18, 2016
What a team win for the Warriors and an epic season for Steph. Kudos to LeBron and the Cavs for an unbelievable effort under adversity.
— President Obama (@POTUS) June 17, 2015
POTUS is correct, the Cavs did well under adversity. But what if they were 100% healthy? This game answers that question, if nobody gets hurt before this one is played. Add Kevin Love, Anderson Varejao and Kyrie Irving to the Cavs team that was outgunned by the Warriors and you have a legit title favorite. The Dubs broke a 40 year title run last season but if the Cavs can stay healthy for one reason, there is no doubt they can finally end the drought in Cleveland Pro Sports.
9. The Big Farewell? Spurs at Lakers-February 19, 2016
Tim Duncan and Kobe had a chat about their greatness… pic.twitter.com/f6ecJKFuOL
— SportsNation (@SportsNation) April 23, 2015
Eleven NBA titles, Five Finals MVP and Three Regular Season MVPs stand between Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan. Considered as the last superstar of the 90’s, Duncan and Bryant are at the tail-end of legendary careers that have made them the transcendent stars of this generation. Byrant is in the final season of his current Lakers contract while Duncan is signed for two more seasons. One or both of them may no longer be in the league next season for one reason or another so this could be the final chapter of the Kobe-Duncan rivalry that has been the signature of this era.
10. The Big Favorites Part 2 Warriors at Spurs- March 19, 2016
Spurs + Aldridge + West = Warriors. http://t.co/83JjHXROik
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) July 8, 2015
The Spurs have become good, very good with their new additions. In fact, they are being touted as the favorites to win the Western Conference this season. But you bet the defending champs have something to say about that. Steph and Co will want to prove that 2015 was no fluke and that they are the team of the future. San Antonio has been the benchmark of a successful franchise for so long now, but the Warriors are knocking at their door. Will this be the changing of the guard? Or will the old dog still bite in the 2016 NBA season?
So mark those dates on your calendars now. You don’t want to miss these BIG games.
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