The 2014-2015 schedule is out. As we reported, the Nets will open up in Boston against the Celtics on October 29, travel to Detroit for the Pistons on November 1, then come home to open against the Thunder on November 3. The Nets will not play on Christmas Day, New Years Eve, or Martin Luther King Day, unlike the last two seasons.
The biggest change: the Nets will play only 10 games on national TV, down from 26 last season when pundits thought they were title contenders.
Some key dates and numbers to note:
--Jason Kidd brings his Milwaukee Bucks to Brooklyn on November 19. It will be the team's first matchup of the season.
--On February 10, Lionel Hollins brings the Nets back to Memphis where he was fired two years ago.
--The Nets take on Paul Pierce and the Wizards on January 16 in Washington D.C. and then travel to Brooklyn for a home-and-home matchup with the Wizards the next night.
--Six of the Nets first games are against lottery teams from last season: Boston, Detroit, Minnesota, New York, Orlando, Phoenix; the outlier being the Thunder game.
--Of the Nets final ten contests, six are against playoff teams from last year: Indiana, Washington, Atlanta twice, Chicago and Toronto.
--The Nets and Knicks meet up for the first time of the season on November 7 in Brooklyn. The two will meet again on December 2 at Madison Square Garden, in Brooklyn on February 6, and then in Manhattan again on April 1.
--On March 16, Nets play the Timberwolves in Minnesota. Could this be Kevin Garnett's last game in the city where he started?
--The Nets finish the season off against Orlando at home on April 15.
--Longest home-stand: five games, spanning March 2 to March 10.
--Longest road-trip: The Nets have an eight-game road trip spanning February 7 to February 28 (eight day layoff for All Star Weekend).
--Number of nationally televised games: 10, dramatic dropoff from the 26 last season. The Nets will play four on ESPN or TNT and six on NBA TV. The Nets are on TNT for the first time November 13 against the Warriors in Oakland; ESPN on December 17 in Toronto, as well in L.A. to take on the Clippers January 22, then finally at home against the Knicks April 6.
--The Nets play 19 back-to-backs, one fewer than last season.
You can buy individual game tickets on August 21 at 8 AM.
- Rapid Reaction: Nets' 2014-15 schedule - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Five Nets games to watch in 2014-15 - Ohm Youngmisuk - ESPN New York
- Burning Q's: Can Nets stay healthy? - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Brooklyn Nets Schedule, 2014-2015 Regular Season - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game
- Mark Your Calendars: Nets 2014-2015 Schedule Highlights - Benny Nadeau - The Brooklyn Game
- Nets open 2014-15 season at Boston, Detroit - SNY Nets
- Knicks open at home against Bulls followed with a visit to LeBron James and Cavaliers - Will Salmon - Newsday
- NBA: Knicks to be tested from start - Steve Popper - The Record
- Nets get early crack at revenge against Kidd, Bucks - Marc Berman - New York Post
Less Hype Doesn’t Mean Worse Viewing For Brooklyn Nets Fans - Steve Lichtenstein - WFAN
- NBA Schedule Sends LeBron to Miami for Christmas - AP
- Ten games to watch during NBA's 2014-15 season - Marc J. Spears - Yahoo! Sports