by Kiersten Ehr
The Spurs open the 2015-2016 basketball season away from home, for just the second time since 2006, when they will travel to Oklahoma City (Thunder) on Oct. 28.
Interesting info–The last time the Spurs opened on the road, San Antonio beat the New Orleans (Pelicans) in 2012-13.
The newbie Spur LaMarcus Aldridge, will make his return back to Portland on Wednesday, Nov. 11 (Aldridge left Portland on free-agency and signed with SA… biggest NBA free-agent this past summer–Aldridge spent nine seasons with the Blazers before he signed with the Spurs in July).
A CHRISTMAS MATCHUP
San Antonio will play one of their biggest Western Conference rivals on Christmas night Dec. 25th. The Spurs will be in Houston facing the Rockets at 7 p.m.
FACING DEFENDING NBA CHAMPIONS
San Antonio will face the defending champion Golden State Warriors four times. The dates will be March 19 and April 10, 2016, at the AT&T Center, and Jan. 25 and April 7 at Golden State.
They will play Cleveland twice in 16 days, on Jan. 14 at the AT&T Center and Jan. 30 in Cleveland.
RODEO ROAD TRIP
This year’s annual “Rodeo Road” trip will cover eight road games in 18 days. San Antonio will play two games in Florida before the All-Star break, then six games against Western Conference teams before returning home on March 2 against Detroit.
SPURS NATIONAL TV SPOTLIGHT
THE SPURS WILL HAVE 21 GAMES ON NATIONAL TV IN 2015-16: THREE ON ABC, NINE ON TNT AND NINE ON ESPN
The Spurs have 17 back-to-back games scheduled for 2015-16, down from 21 in 2014-15
For all you Spurs fans don’t worry the Spurs schedule allows 12 Saturday games of the Spurs 41 home games, including five straight Saturday games from Nov. 7 to Dec. 5
The Spurs finish the regular season with a back-to-back, facing Oklahoma City at home on April 12 and playing at Dallas on April 13
ROCKETS OPEN UP THE SEASON
Their season will open at home Oct. 28 against the Denver Nuggets (Dwight Howard is already certain to miss this game while serving his one-game suspension for his flagrant fouls in last season’s playoffs).
The Rockets will face the defending champions the Golden State Warriors Oct. 30 in “the rematch” of the Western Conference Finals at the Toyota Center.
The Rockets first road game will take them to visit the Heat in Miami Nov. 1.
The first meeting with their Western Conference semifinals opponent will be Nov. 7 in Los Angeles. Rockets will play their first round opponent from the previous season— the Dallas Mavericks, a week later in Toyota Center.
ROCKETS FACE LEBRON
Their home game against Eastern Conference champion Cavaliers will be Jan. 15.
CLOSING THE REGULAR SEASON
Rockets will be at home hosting the Sacramento Kings on April 13.