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Schedule Buzz: LA opens with back-to-back-to-back

Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:46 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2011 11:40 am
Posted by Royce Young

The NBA schedule is set to be officially released Tuesday night on NBA TV, but already bits and pieces are starting to be leaked. Here's a run-down.

  • One interesting nugget has dropped out via the L.A. Times. The Lakers open the season with a dreaded back-to-back-to-back set of games, which includes Dec. 25 at home against the Bulls, Dec. 26 at Sacramento and Dec. 27 at home against Utah. How's that for a start?
  • Each team will have at least one set of back-to-back-to-back games in its schedule with no more than three. According to the report, the Lakers don't have another set other than the one they open with. 
  • So if you're an NBA conspiracy theorist, you'll see this as the league favoring the older Lakers (read: Kobe's knees) by getting their back-to-back-to-back out of the way early before they're bogged down with five games in six nights and long weeks of game piled in
  • Keep in mind though: The Lakers will be without Andrew Bynum for the first five games of the season because of his suspension in last season's playoffs for trying to decapitate J.J. Barea. 
  • Also of note: Because of the shortened season, the Lakers won't travel to every NBA city. The Lake Show won't be gracing Atlanta, Chicago, New Jersey, Charlotte or Indianapolis with their presence. Dwight Howard won't be visiting his potential new home either. The Magic won't be traveling to the Staples Center. 
  • The Grizzlies get the other end of the stick. The Memphis Commercial-Appeal reports that after opening the season against the Spurs in a rematch of their first round playoff series, the first win in Grizzlies franchise history, Memphis will play Miami and Boston, but only on the road. They will also get Chicago as one of their Eastern opponents who they play twice in a season, and in a three-game set with the Lakers, will play on the road at Staples Center two out of those three games. In short, the Grizzlies will face four of the top five teams in the league five times. That's pretty rough.
  • The Suns have a mixed sched. They have to play Chicago, Miami, Orlando, and Boston on the road, but they only play them once. They do play San Antonio, LA, and Dallas four times. That's a pretty rough bit. Other than that, though, the Suns ave a comfier set. Their visiting East opponents are Atlanta, Cleveland, and Milwaukee. On the other end of it, the six teams they play four times in the West include four playoff teams plus Houston and Blake Giffin. 

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:28 am

Schedule Buzz: LA opens with back-to-back-to-back

so many Laker haters. its hilarious

Since: Sep 10, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:59 pm

Schedule Buzz: LA opens with back-to-back-to-back

btw Lkzfan whatever u call yourself you should be called lakers frontrunner!! Btw the Lakers are the 2nd oldest team in the league!! And there going to lose Shannon Brown this season, so then they will be the oldest team!! It is fun watching the Lakers get old and self destruct!!! With you being a frontrunning, it's only a matter of time before you jump on the Blake Griffin Clippers bandwagon or the OKC bandwagon!! I hate frontrunners like you!!!!!!!

Since: Sep 10, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:51 pm

Schedule Buzz: LA opens with back-to-back-to-back

lol another dumb front running Laker fan who didnt even know who the hell Pau Gasol was before he showed up to the Fakers. NO NO my friend I got news for you!!! Headline you dummy the Lakers are not that good, they are Stern's puppet. He munipulates his refs especially Joey Crawford to pull for the Lakers by getting them to the free throw line more then there oppents helping them get to the finals 50% of the time. You don't think Stern's NBA is rigged Pal?? Tim Dongahey wrote a book all about it. Get off ur frontrunning butt and go read it!! And Stern rigged the 2002 western conference finals. Sacramento got robbed cus they are a small market team. Game 6 was a joke!! Lakers get to the free throw line 28 times in the fourth quarter alone!! to Sacramento only getting there 5 times!! NBA = WWE.   NBA = Stern helps big market L.A. Lakers get to the finals for better ratings. You dumb frontrunning Lakers fans who don't know crap about the game need a serious reality check!!! And again don't cry cus The Mavs handed the Lakers' there asses in all four games of that SWEEP!! Mike Brown = no more championships!!! OUT!!! 

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:32 pm

Schedule Buzz: LA opens with back-to-back-to-back

The back to back to back should not be acceptable. It is similar to football teams playing two games per week. Quality out the window just so they can make more money.

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 6:57 pm

Schedule Buzz: LA opens with back-to-back-to-back

Got news for you pal - Miami's not that young at all.  LOL  What's wrong? Haven't gotten over LeBron never winning anything.  If you want "young vs young", then try CHI vs OKC. Now that's the future.

Since: Sep 10, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:16 pm

Lakers open the season with back-to-back-to-back?

Here we go Stern favoring the Lakers cus he bets on them. So yea Lakers first 5 games cus Bynum is suspened will just play the Bulls as a tough game, then oh Sacramento (weak), Utah (weak), let me guess Stern games 4 is the Bucks, and game 5 is Indiana. That's why people boycott the NBA, Stern just wants LA in the finals again against Miami to make money. He is an idiot the finals last year between Dallas and Miami was the highest rated finals ever!! No one wants to see an old Lakers team in the finals anymore!! We want to see OKC vs. Miami in the finals!! Young vs. Young!! And get rid of Joey Crawford, another Lakers' ref!! NBA = fixed games and fixed season!!

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