Thanks to the addition of hometown hero LeBron James, as well as the soon-to-be addition of Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of the 2014-15 NBA Schedule. After weeks of anticipation, the schedule was finally released last night which revealed the full 82 game schedule for the Cavs. If you are a fan of LeBron, the Cavs or just the NBA in general, here are the top five games you should be watching:
vs. New York Knicks
Date/Time: October 30, 2014 at 8 p.m.
The home opener. The game all of Cleveland (and probably the entire state of Ohio) has been dreaming about since LeBron announced he was coming home. It will be the first real game for the new-look Cavaliers which feature not only James, but also Kevin Love, who will be playing his first real minutes for the home team.
at Miami Heat
Date/Time: December 25, 2014 at 5 p.m.
This may be the most anticipated game in the NBA all season. LeBron will be going back for the first time to Miami, where he helped lead the Heat to two championships. How will the fans respond? Will they welcome him back with cheers or boo him for leaving? Oh yeah, and it's on Christmas Day, which doesn't hurt either.
vs. Chicago Bulls
Date/Time: January 19, 2015 at 8 p.m.
With Derrick Rose back healthy (fingers crossed) and the addition of Pau Gasol, the Bulls are the biggest threat to the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference. By this point in the season, both teams should be firing on all cylinders. The games against the Bulls all season will be fun to watch and all having implications on playoff positioning.
vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Date/Time: January 25, 2015 at 3:30 p.m.
Whenever Kevin Durant and LeBron James face-off on the court, die-hard basketball fans get lightheaded. The two are unquestionably the two best players in the world, accounting for the last three league Most Valuable Player Awards (2 for James, 1 for Durant). At some point at nearly every game against each other, there will be a 10 minute stretch where the two are going shot-for-shot every time down the floor. It's something a basketball purist will not want to miss.
at Minnesota Timberwolves
Date/Time: January 31, 2015 at 8 p.m.
This one is not about LeBron and more about his (soon-to-be) new teammate Kevin Love. It will be the first time Love returns back to Minnesota, and unlike LeBron and Miami, Love never delivered a title or even a single playoff appearance. Chances are that fans will be a little more testy with him. LeBron being the good teammate he is, will probably dominate the game and take the pressure off of Love in his return. Rookie Andrew Wiggins will also have the chance to show the Cavs the made a mistake trading him for Love as well. Should be a good one.
Are there any games on the Cavaliers schedule that you can't wait to see?