NBA Schedules 2012
December 7, 2011 by staff
NBA Schedules 2012, The NBA lockout—if all things go as planned—will officially come to an end later this week. In anticipation of NBA basketball returning, the league announced the revised 2011-2012 NBA schedule on Tuesday, December 6.
Typically, there are 1,230 games in an NBA season. But due to the lockout, the league was forced to cut 240 games and only 990 games will be played this season. The 66-game lockout-shortened NBA schedule is set to begin on Christmas Day with five special gifts for NBA fans. The season is scheduled to end on April 26, nearly two weeks later than normal.
With just 119 days (not including the four day All-Star Weekend) to play 990 games, each day of this shortened season will be full of drama and action. Here are some of the more intriguing days on the revised schedule.
Christmas Day/Opening Night
Christmas Day, which has always been a big day for the NBA, will be an even bigger day for the league this year. After nearly losing the entire season to the lockout, NBA fans will get a wonderful present on December 25 with Christmas Day and Opening Night wrapped into one package.
The holiday festivities will begin at 12:00 p.m. ET on TNT with the New York Knicks unveiling the refurbished Madison Square Garden to the NBA in a game against the Boston Celtics.
After that, the gift giving will move to ABC where fans will be treated to a rematch of the 2011 NBA Finals. Dirk Nowitzki(notes) and the NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks will unveil their championship banner and then host the Miami Heat All-Star Trio of Chris Bosh(notes), LeBron James(notes) and Dwyane Wade(notes) (2:30 p.m. ET). The second half of ABC’s doubleheader will feature a matchup between two league Most Valuable Players. At 5:00 p.m. ET, Derrick Rose(notes), the reigning MVP, will lead the Chicago Bulls into the Staples Center to face off against 2008 MVP Kobe Bryant(notes) and the Los Angeles Lakers.
ESPN will complete the Opening Night schedule with a doubleheader of its own. Two-time scoring champion Kevin Durant(notes) and the Oklahoma City Thunder will host three-time Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard(notes) and the Orlando Magic (8:00 p.m. ET). In the final present of the day, first-time coach Mark Jackson will make his NBA coaching debut when his Golden State Warriors host reigning Rookie of the Year Blake Griffin(notes) and the Los Angeles Clippers (10:30 p.m. ET).
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
There will be plenty of action on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day schedule. The 13-game slate will begin on ESPN at 1:00 p.m. ET in the city where King was slain 43 years ago when Rose and the Bulls visit the Memphis Grizzlies. Later that afternoon, King’s birthplace of Atlanta will get involved as well when the Atlanta Hawks host the Toronto Raptors on NBA TV (4:00 p.m. ET). TNT will close out the evening with a doubleheader. TNT’s coverage will open with the Thunder visiting the Celtics (8:00 p.m. ET) at the TD Garden. In the finale, the Lakers will host the defending champion Mavericks (10:30 p.m. ET).
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Twenty-six of the league’s 30 teams will be in action on the final day of the 2011-2012 NBA season. Two games on the night’s schedule (Mavericks at Hawks and Magic at Grizzlies) will feature teams that will be playing each other for the first and only time of the season.
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