Two weeks into the month of August, the 2014 NBA schedule was finally released. The Hornets open against the Bucks at home on the 29th of October.
Below each of our panelists will list their three most intriguing games on the Hornets schedule. Opening night will not be included, as this is a clear cut number one for all of our panelists.
Nov. 24: Clippers at Hornets- Last season, the then Bobcats’ 95-91 defeat of the Clippers on January 22nd was arguably the team’s most significant win of the 2013-14 season. Now that the Hornets are a most established team, beating talented teams like L.A. should be clockwork for Charlotte this time around, and this November game will be a good chance to prove just that.
Nov. 28: Warriors at Hornets- As a huge fan of Charlotte-native and former Davidson star Stephen Curry, November 28th’s home contest against Golden State is a must-see game for me. Outside of Steph, the Warriors are a one of the elite teams in the Western Conference, and will be a good early test for the Hornets.
Dec. 26: Hornets at Thunder- While Charlotte was snubbed from the NBA’s 2014 Christmas Day lineup, the Buzz got a nice consolation prize with a contest in Oklahoma City against a championship-caliber Thunder team the day after. Big Al, Durant, Westbrook, and Stephenson are just some of the names that will make this matchup against OKC one of the more exciting games of the year.
Nov. 5th: Miami Heat at Charlotte Hornets- The Charlotte Hornets revenge tour will begin November 5th when the Miami Heat come to town. The fact that the Bobcats went winless in the “Big 3 era” doesn't mean much now, as THE KING has returned to Cleveland. Charlotte will get a good look at the new look Heat with the chance to finally prove Southeast division dominance.
Dec. 31st: Hornets at Rockets- The Charlotte Hornets travel to Houston to face a star studded squad Rocket squad on New Year's Eve. Can you remember the last time this franchise went into a contender’s house and walked away with a win? This could be one of the Hornets' first opportunities to do just that. Also, it's the annual Dwight vs Big Al show, pitting the league’s best defensive center against the offensive magician know as Big Al. This one should be fun to watch.
Apr. 8th: Toronto Raptors at Charlotte Hornets- If this Hornets’ team meets the high expectations set in front of them, this home contest against the Raptors could be on the most anticipated games of the season with playoff implications on the line. Oh, and this will be one the Hornets’ first regular season ESPN game as well. Will the Hornets be on ESPN fighting for a Top 4 seed in east come April 8th? We’ll have to wait and see.
Jan. 2nd: Cleveland Cavaliers at Charlotte Hornets- This is the first time all season Hornets fans will get a close up of the new look Cavs at the Cable Box. The obvious added element to the game is that Charlotte was never able to beat LeBron in Miami. The Hornets will look to defend their home floor on what should be an entertaining holiday evening.
Nov. 9th: West Coast Trip- Traditionally, the Bobcats always struggled on long road trips. This trip will be an early test against very good competition, as this six day endeavour features the Lakers, Trail Blazers, Suns, and Warriors.
Nov. 19th: Charlotte Hornets at Indiana Pacers- While some people are trying to downplay Born Ready’s return to Indy, it’s still a very big game. Pacers' fans still have not forgiven Stephenson for leaving to be on a “bad team.” Lance will look to show them all why he left in mid November when Charlotte heads to Indiana.
Lead Hornets Writer: Jonathon Hoppe