Well, the Washington Wizards 2009-10 schedule is out.
The first thing you wonder … when are the match-ups with the Cavaliers?
Well, there are only three of them. And unfortunately, two are in the Mistake By The Lake — NBA Scheduling FAIL!
The first meeting is on November 3rd in Cleveland, the second comes on national TV (ESPN) in D.C. on November 18th, and the third comes on January 6th, Gilbert Arenas’ birthday, in Cleveland.
And that’s it … ain’t no more to it (in terms of Wiz vs. Cavs).
Seems like an injustice, but it’s just the regular season. We want to see the Cleve in the playoffs.
Other Scheduling Tid-Bits:
- The Wizards will be one of eight teams playing on opening night (but not on national television). They will be deep in the heart of Texas against the Mavericks.
- The first home game will be on Oct. 31st, Halloween night, against the Nets.
- Kwame Brown comes back to D.C. on Nov. 14th with Flip Saunders‘ old team, the Pistons. Flip returns to Detroit on Dec. 6th.
- Fabricio Oberto will make his return to San Antonio on Nov. 21st.
- Eddie Jordan returns to Washington on Nov. 24th.
- Gilbert faces Dwyane Wade twice on ESPN in December.
- Mike Miller and Randy Foye return to Minnesota on Dec. 26th.
- Oleksiy Pecherov and Darius Songaila will return to D.C. on Feb. 17th.
- 5 out of the first 8 games are on the road; 5 out of the last 8 games are at home.
- The Wizards only play a team twice in a row once, the Bucks in Milwaukee on March 3rd and back in DC on the 5th.
- By my calculations, the Wizards have 21 back to back sets — 16 are of the home/road (or road/home) variety, 5 are of the road/road variety.
- The end of the 2009 is tough, from Dec. 14 to the end of the year, the Wizards will play 7 out of 9 games on the road. However, the road games won’t feature any powerhouses (Clippers, Kings, Warriors, Suns, Bucks, T’Wolves, and Grizzlies).
- The toughest stretch comes from Feb. 28th to March 31st when the Wiz have 12 road games (versus the Nets, Bucks, Celtics, Pistons, Jazz, Nuggets, Blazers, Lakers, Pacers, Bobcats, Rockets, and Hornets) against only 5 home games (versus the Bucks, Rockets, Magic, Bobcats, and Jazz).
National TV Schedule
(16 total: ESPN – 7, NBATV – 8, TNT – 1)
Nov. 4 – vs. Miami – ESPN
Nov. 18 – vs. Cleveland – ESPN
Nov. 21 – @ San Antonio NBATV
Nov. 27 -@ Miami – ESPN
Nov. 28 – vs. Charlotte – NBATV
Dec. 6 – @ Detroit – NBATV
Dec. 10 – vs. Boston – TNT
Dec. 18 – @ Golden State – ESPN
Dec. 26 – @ Minnesota – NBATV
Dec. 28 – @ Memphis – NBATV
Jan. 18 – vs. Portland – NBATV
Feb. 22 – vs. Chicago – NBATV
Mar. 7 – @ Boston – ESPN
Mar. 31 – vs. Orlando – NBATV
Apr. 7 – @ Orlando – ESPN
Apr. 14 – vs. Indiana – ESPN
In those three games, he’s only averaged 22 points, 3 assists, 2.7 turnovers, 4.7 rebounds, and 39% from the field.
After he (hopefully) celebrates his 28th with a win in Cleveland on a Tuesday, look for him to bring the party back to DC before the Wizards face the Magic on a Thursday.
UPDATE: Other Birthday Games
- November 27th: The Wiz will be in Miami to take on the Heat on ESPN on Brendan Haywood’s birthday.
- February 19th: The Denver Nuggets will be in town for Mike Miller’s birthday.
- March 13th: On Caron Butler’s birthday, the Wizards will face the Magic at home on NBATV
- March 21st: The Wiz will be in L.A. to take on Kobe and the Lakers for Fabricio Oberto’s birthday.
Hopefully Gilbert won’t be in street clothes the next time LeBron tries to give him the chop.