Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 at 2:18 pm  |  18 responses

2011-12 NBA Schedule Officially Released!

by Ryne Nelson

It’s sort of like reading the menu outside a fancy new restaurant. The problem is you have no clue when the restaurant will open its doors. No signs of hiring. Vacant premisses. Its T-Bone Steak looks tantalizing, though…

Well, the NBA released its regular-season menu for ’11-12 this afternoon. Check out some of the entries below:

The Finals rematch between the Miami Heat and reigning champion Dallas Mavericks on Christmas Day in Dallas is the ultimate gift for NBA lovers worldwide.

That game will mark the first time the Heat and Mavericks face each other since the Mavs wrapped things up in Game 6 of The Finals in June. They’ll play for a second time on March 29, 2012 in Miami on TNT.

That first meeting is the highlight of a Christmas Day tripleheader that also includes Boston and New York at Madison Square Garden to start the day and the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in the nightcap.


The Bulls and Mavericks kick off the season in Dallas on Nov. 1 in the front end of a doubleheader on TNT, followed by Western Conference finalists Oklahoma City christening the Los Angeles Lakers’ Mike Brown era at Staples Center. Houston and new coach Kevin McHale open the season that night as well in Utah.

That opening night schedule sets the table for a monster, 13-deep slate of games on Nov. 2, including the Heat in New York against the Knicks. The Cavaliers, with two of the top four picks in the June Draft, play at Boston.

For the complete schedule for The Season That May Not Be, head to NBA.com.

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  • http://twitter.com/4point0show Wes

    Hopefully this is motivation for both sides to get a deal done. It seems like it puts more pressure on the players though.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I don’t really care who plays who, as long as there’s basketball this winter.

  • Dangg

    Dang…this thing says my name is “Dangg”, but it’s not. Awesome, Slam.


    wat a monster 2 day opening for the league on nov 1 n 2nd. hopefully sern won’t ruin it for the fans

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    well i’ll post as if there will be a season. Clips get 15 national tv games! more than Orlando! and the lakers get 18 back to backs. yikes

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I ain’t mad at the Clips getting so many games on national tv, some might argue they don’t deserve that since they didn’t even make the playoffs last year but MAD cats were checking out their games on League Pass last year (including me) thanks to Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon and….Blake Griffin and Eric Bledsoe had some monster games on the low too (like when he blocked the sh*t outta LeBron James) oh and did I mention Blake Griffin?

  • LP

    Besitkas vs. Sasha’s new team…

  • Aizen

    Wow, the Hornets only get one game on TNT and one on ESPN the whole year. That sucks. Poor CP3…

  • rich

    ^^^^ thats because they will trade him just like what happened to melo

  • O

    how the hell all those good games happen in the first few days of the season? Everyone knows they aren’t going to be played!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Well I know what game LA is definitely gonna lose this season… :/

  • http://basketballjunction.blogspot.com/ Joseph V

    I cannot wait!!! If there isn’t basketball come November, I’ll be mad.

  • hiphopcop

    This is like so pointless, for real, def. a tactic of the owners, trying to turn the public on the players by releasing this. Hope everybody remembers ITS A LOCKOUT, NOT A STRIKE, smh.

  • Idrees

    it’s like planning a half birthday party…

  • http://realgm.com Ghost

    The Raptors have a nationally televised game on ESPN?

  • lakerstan

    lakers have a tough march and april ahead of them..


    Long-term and short-term the NBA would yield a much greater return on investment for the owners/players if they can somehow join together with a little give and take from each side, and avoid losing any of the 82 games next season. With all the momentum gained coming off of last season, both sides owe it to the National Basketball Association to keep the 2011-12 season on schedule.

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