While there will be plenty of time between now and October 30th to dig in and focus on the most important stretches of the coming season, we thought it would be good to give a quick breakdown of schedule statistics and a look at some of the highlights (and lowlights) of the coming season.
Games per month (home/away):
- October – 1 (0/1)
- November – 15 (8/7)
- December – 14 (10/4)
- January – 15 (7/8)
- February – 12 (6/6)
- March – 17 (6/11)
- April – 8 (4/4)
How about a day-of-the-week breakdown (home/away):
- Sunday – 8 (2/6)
- Monday – 13 (7/6)
- Tuesday – 8 (7/1)
- Wednesday – 19 (8/11)
- Thursday – 3 (1/2)
- Friday – 17 (7/10)
- Saturday – 14 (9/5)
Other interesting tidbits:
- Longest road trip – 5 (March 26 through April 2, with stops at Utah, Golden State, Portland, Denver and Minnesota)
- Longest home stand – 6 (November 30 through December 13, with visits from Brooklyn, Phoenix, LA Clippers, Golden State, Orlando and Oklahoma City)
- Number of back-to-backs – 18
- National TV appearances – 13 (1 on TNT, 5 on ESPN, 7 on NBATV)
Some of the “marquee” visitors to FedExForum (PSA: it is not okay to wear the other team’s jersey, even if you love Lebron):
- Miami Heat – April 9, 2014
- Boston Celtics – November 4, 2013
- LA Lakers – December 17, 2013; February 26, 2014
- LA Clippers – December 5, 2013; February 21, 2014
- New York Knicks – February 18, 2014
- Brooklyn Nets – November 30, 2013
- Chicago Bulls – December 30, 2013
Here are some quick observations about the schedule:
- Once again, the NBA schedule makers have not been kind to the Grizzlies in “crunch time” – March and April. March is particularly brutal as 11 out of 17 games are played away from FedExForum.
- April is balanced from a home/away standpoint, but we have late games against Denver, at San Antonio and at home against Miami. As we learned last year, one game can be the difference between the 3rd seed and the 5th seed, so those games could be crucial.
- That said, the last four games are against Philadelphia, at LA Lakers, at Phoenix and home against Dallas. That is a manageable stretch.
- Strange schedule quirk: Grizzlies play a “home-and-home-back-to-back” against Houston on Friday, January 24 (in Houston) and Saturday, January 25 (in Memphis).
- While 18 back-to-backs is not unusual, only 6 of them occur before January 28-29, meaning the already tough late schedule is made tougher by back-to-back and four-in-five sets.
- 16 of the 41 home games are on the weekend, which is a big asset for a small market team that needs as much help as possible to make sure ticket sales remain high.
- The Grizzlies will continue the tradition of hosting the NBA’s annual MLK game. This year the
HornetsPelicans will visit FedExForum for a 4:00pm start on NBATV.
- After playing a best-of-3 last year, the Grizzlies will play Oklahoma City 4 times this season.
- The Grizzlies get their first look at the re-tooled LA Clippers in Los Angeles on November 18, 2013.
- The Toronto Raptors’ Austin Daye (and Rudy Gay) will visit FedExForum on Wednesday, November 13, 2013.
- As has been the case in recent years, the Grizzlies will finish the regular season in front of the home crowd against Dallas on April 16.
- The Grizzlies have still not earned (apparently) a Christmas Day game. If the franchise’s upward trajectory continues, however, the NBA will not have a choice but to feature Memphis in coming years.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I cannot wait for November 1, when we can all break out our towels and fill FedExForum.
Let us hear from you! What games are you most excited for? What stretch makes you nervous? Comment below or get at us on twitter!
Grind on, Memphis.