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The 2016-17 Wizards Schedule Is Out — Here’s What You Need To Know

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Updated: August 11, 2016

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Kevin Durant is not walking through that door. Al Horford is not walking through that door. Hell, Allen Crabbe isn’t even walking through that door. The off-season did not turn out as many hoped, but the NBA calendar marches on. Today, with the release of the 2016-17 NBA schedule, the basketball gods signaled that it is time to look to the future. Here are the highlights of Ian Mahinmi’s inaugural season in D.C.:

Mark Your Calendars…

Thursday, October 27, @ Atlanta Hawks. Washington opens the season on the road for the 14th time in 16 seasons.

Wednesday, November 2, vs. Toronto Raptors. After two games on the road, Washington plays in D.C. against the Raptors to start a stretch of 10 out of 14 home games.

Monday, November 7, vs. Houston Rockets. Feeling nostalgic for Nene already? You won’t have to wait long to see the Brazilian big man.

Wednesday November 9, vs. Boston Celtics. The Wizards and Celtics battled this off-season for the services of Al Horford (Boston won), and the first match-up between these two teams should be extra heated after Celtics reporter Jay King reported that Jae Crowder disparaged the Wizards during his pitch to Horford: “We beat them four times this year. You don’t want to go there.”

Marcin Gortat took notice.

Friday November, 11, vs. Cleveland Cavaliers. The first marquee game of the season versus the defending NBA champs. The Cavs do not return to Verizon Center until Monday, February 6.

Friday, January 6, vs. Minnesota Timberwolves. Last season’s home game versus Minnesota was one of the most entertaining—and ultimately disappointing—games of the season. Washington blew late leads in regulation and overtime and eventually lost a close battle in double-overtime. Relive the highlights below. The Timberwolves will be even more exciting this coming season with No. 3 draft pick Kris Dunn added to their talented core.

Monday, January 16, vs. Portland Trail Blazers. Washington plays its familiar MLK Day matinee against Damien Lillard, C.J. McCollum, and the new-look Blazers. The back-court match-up should be fun to watch.

February 13, vs. Oklahoma City Thunder. Witness the destruction that is Russell Westbrook.

Tuesday, February 28, vs. Golden State Warriors. The Warriors’ lone trip to the Verizon Center was already going to be the most sought after home game of the season, but ticket prices will be even higher after Kevin Durant made his surprise exodus to the Bay Area.

Third Time’s a Charm.

Every season there are four Eastern conference teams that Washington only plays three times. This year the teams are:

  • Detroit Pistons (2 away, 1 home)
  • Philadelphia 76ers (2 away, 1 home)
  • Toronto Raptors (2 home, 1 away)
  • Cleveland Cavs (2 home, 1 away)

In the grand scheme of things, Washington gets a slight scheduling advantage with just two road games against two of the top teams in the Eastern conference.

Home, Sweet Home.

After starting the season with two road games, Washington plays 10 of 14 games at home. For most teams, this would be a good thing. But the Wizards have had difficulty establishing a home court advantage in years past and the team will likely still be adjusting to new coach Scott Brooks’ schemes in November.

On the bright side, Washington gets even more home cooking in December. After a three-game road trip at Oklahoma City, San Antonio, and Brooklyn, the Wizards play nine of 13 games at home. Washington better hope it squirrels away at least a few wins during this early stretch because all those home games in November and December will come back to bite them in the final 20-odd games of the season…

Time to Pay the Piper.

Washington finishes the season with a brutal stretch of 15 out of 21 games on the road (including 8 of the last 10). Even worse, those final 10 opponents are almost all heavy hitters, including @ Cleveland, @ Clippers, @ Utah, @ Golden State, vs. Charlotte, vs. Miami, @ Detroit, and @ Miami. The one saving grace is that playoff teams often rest players during the final couple weeks of the season, so some of those match-ups could end up being far less imposing.

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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.