Spurs 2013-14 schedule released, includes Christmas Day game against Houston
The last time the Spurs stepped foot on the court on Christmas Day, Roger Mason, Jr., hit a game-winner against the Suns in Phoenix. Five years later, San Antonio will welcome Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets to the AT&T Center on Dec. 25.
Here’s a look at the 2013-14 schedule in its entirety, a slate that looks a little less insane than it did last season. (Though it does include a game played … IN MEXICO.)
Other notable dates: The Spurs open the season on Oct. 30 against the Memphis Grizzlies in San Antonio, followed by a Nov. 1 trip out to Los Angeles to face the Lakers. The first look at a Finals rematch will take place Jan. 26 when the Spurs travel to Miami to face the two-time champion Heat.
The Rodeo Road Trip will consist of nine games, which is about on par for the typical February excursion. From Feb. 3 through Feb. 21 — broken up once again by the All-Star break — San Antonio will travel to New Orleans, Washington, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Detroit, Boston, Los Angeles (Clippers), Portland and Phoenix, in that order.
Altogether, the Spurs will have 19 back-to-back situations and will be on national television 21 times.
Again, at first glance next season’s schedule seems a little more manageable than the 2012-13 version. There are no ‘Hell Weeks’ like the Spurs saw during a 10-day stretch in late March and early April when they faced the Rockets, Nuggets, Clippers, Heat, Grizzlies and Thunder.
The NBA does it right, doesn’t it? Even during the doldrums of summer, the release of their 2013-14 schedule just keeps the interest piqued.