The old adage goes “it’s not how you start but how you finish.” When looking at the recently released Denver Nuggets 2014-15 regular season schedule that could not be more wrong. After a turbulent season, last year the releasing of the schedule was the next step in putting the past behind and moving forward. The first tip that the scheduling Gods gave Denver the short end of the stick should have been ESPN predicting that the Nuggs would finish 38-44.
Denver starts the season at the Pepsi Center against the Detroit Pistons; where it has won its last five season openers, capping a relatively easy month of October. However, as the month changes to November things get interesting. On Nov. 1, the team heads to Oklahoma City to face the division rival Thunder that it has split the last eight games. Next up is a home and home with the Sacramento Kings, which took two of three games from the Nuggs last season. A highly anticipated early season Cavaliers matchup Nov. 7 with once removed Cleveland hometown hero LeBron James on ESPN will prove whether the Nuggets can hang with contending teams.
Follow that up with another home and home with the Portland Trailblazer and their All-Star duo of Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge. An always-interesting storyline- Carmelo Anthony vs. the Nuggets takes shape for an 11:00 am Eastern Standard Time tilt on Nov. 16, superseded by a rematch against the Cavs the next night in Cleveland. If you thought, it could not get tougher two nights later the Nuggs host the most talked about tandem in the league Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant in their second game vs. the Thunder.
The return of two former MVP’s highlights every team’s calendar this season after Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose re-injured themselves during comeback attempts last season. In a three day, span from Nov. 23-25 Denver gets its crack at the two superstars as the Nuggets travel to Los Angles for a Sunday evening battle with the Lakers and welcome the Bulls to Denver. The November gauntlet reaches its conclusion when the Nuggets take on the up and coming point guard hoarding Phoenix Suns in their third home and home series of the young season.
For Denver to return to the playoffs for the 11th time in 12 seasons a respectable November is key, although the NBA season is an 82 game grind starting with a sense of urgency will be important for Brian Shaw and his team.
As Ty Lawson said: https://twitter.com/TyLawson3/status/499708870441177088
Here is the complete Denver Nuggets schedule http://www.nba.com/nuggets/schedule