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First Look at the 2015-16 Washington Wizards Schedule

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Updated: August 12, 2015
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(NBA TV 2015-16 Schedule Release Special, hosted by Rachel Nichols and Dennis Scott. Screenshot via NBA TV.)

August is a slow month for the NBA. Aside from the revelation of Kevin Seraphin’s next employer (New York), a rare Garret Temple trade rumor, and John Wall and Bradley Beal’s quest for Coach K’s approval on Team USA, the biggest event in August is the official release of the regular season schedule.

The 2015-16 NBA schedule was released tonight via a one-hour special on NBA TV, hosted by Rachel Nichols and Dennis Scott. Washington’s complete schedule can be seen here. Now, for some highlights of the Wizards’ 82-game slate, complete with a few dates you might want to circle on your calendar.

Circle These Dates

  • Wednesday, October 28 @ Orlando Magic. Washington opens the season on the road yet again—they’ve only opened at home twice since the 2000-01 season, both times against the Nets (2008-09 and the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season).
  • Saturday, October 31 vs. New York Knicks. The home opener against our old friend Kevin Seraphin on Halloween night. Hopefully Randy Wittman dials up a steady stream of double-teams whenever Seraphin catches it in the paint. Nothing is more frightening than watching Kevin react to a hard double.
  • Tuesday, November 10 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder. Kevin Durant makes his lone appearance at the Verizon Center. Another opportunity to unveil this:

  • Wednesday, December 2 vs. Los Angeles Lakers. Quite possibly the final game of Kobe Bryant’s career at the Verizon Center.
  • Monday, December 28 vs. Los Angeles Clippers. As Dr. Eldon Tyrell taught us, “The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long.” Much like Roy, Paul Pierce burned so very, very brightly in D.C. Unlike many other former Wizards that have received less-than-enthusiastic greetings upon their return to the Verizon Center, December 28 will be an opportunity for the home crowd to show its appreciation for everything Pierce did in his all-too-short stint in DC.
  • Wednesday, January 6 and Sunday, February 28 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers. Any time LeBron visits the Verizon Center, it’s a big deal. It just is.
  • Wednesday, February 3 vs. Golden State Warriors. John Wall and Bradley Beal mount their annual challenge to the throne of “Best Backcourt in the NBA” against the reigning duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
  • Wednesday, March 16 vs. Chicago Bulls. Due to the NBA’s uneven schedule, Washington only has one home game versus Chicago, and fans will have to wait almost the entire season to see Wall vs. Rose.

Tough Early Stretch

Do not expect another repeat of Washington’s fast start last season. Aside from playing San Antonio and Oklahoma City in two of its first seven games, Washington has a brutal 10-game stretch to start December:

Dec. 1 @ Cavs

Dec. 2 vs. Lakers

Dec. 4 vs. Suns

Dec. 6 vs. Mavs

Dec. 7 @ Heat

Dec. 9 vs. Rockets

Dec. 11 @ Pelicans

Dec. 12 @ Mavs

Dec. 14 @ Grizzlies

Dec. 16 @ Spurs

Almost No Four-Games-in-Five-Nights

During Adam Silver’s annual address at last year’s All-Star game, he announced that the league would attempt to all-but-eliminate stretches of four games in five nights in the schedule. As Grantland’s Zach Lowe recently reported, the NBA appears to have followed through on that promise. Washington only has one stretch of four games in five nights from November 24-28.

Three and Done

Also due to the NBA’s uneven schedule, every season there are four Eastern Conference teams that Washington only plays three times (as opposed to the four times it plays all other Eastern Conference teams). This year Washington only meets Chicago, New York, Brooklyn, and Indiana on three occasions. New York and Indiana play two games in D.C., while Chicago and Brooklyn only play one.

Weekdays with Ted

Over half of Washington’s home games (22 out of 41) are on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Last season, only 19 were scheduled on those days. That will be a slight disappointment to the sales department, as weekday games are a tougher sell. On the bright side, all of the marquee home games fall on one of those three days (Spurs, Thunder, Lakers, Clippers, Warriors, Rockets, Bulls, and Cavs (both games)), so they should be easier to sell.

Road to the Finish Line

Invariably, at some point in late March, you will look at the Wizards’ remaining schedule as they jockey for playoff positioning. You may not like what you see. Washington plays seven of its final 10 games on the road. That’s not good. On the bright side, it’s way too early to evaluate the quality of Washington’s end-of-season opponents or predict which team will be resting its star players. In fact, last season Washington played five of its last six games on the road and went 3-3 during that stretch, including wins over Memphis and Atlanta.

 

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Adam Rubin
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Adam grew up in the D.C. area and has been a Washington Bullets fan for over 25 years. He will not refer to the franchise as anything other than the Bullets unless required to do so by Truth About It editorial standards. Adam spent many nights at the Capital Centre in the ‘90s where he witnessed such things as Michael Jordan’s “LaBradford Smith game,” the inexcusable under-usage of Gheorghe Muresan’s unstoppable post moves, and the basketball stylings of Ledell Eackles.