Following up on the release of the 2014-15 NBA schedule, here are some additional items of note about the Cleveland Cavaliers’ portion:
*The Cavaliers’ Christmas Day game at Miami will be the start of a 23-day stretch where David Blatt & Co. will be on the road in 10 of the 14 games. A five-game West Coast swing will conclude the run on Friday, January 16, with a game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
*While the game in Miami is seen as the centerpiece of the holiday’s five-game schedule, much less hoopla is attached to the Heat’s first visit to Cleveland, which will take place on Wednesday, February 11.
*From November 15 until December 2, the Cavaliers will play eight games of a nine-game stretch at Quicken Loans Arena. The lone road matchup will be against the Washington Wizards on Friday, November 21.
*For the second year in a row, but only the fourth time in team history, the Cavaliers will be playing on New Years’ Eve, hosting the Milwaukee Bucks in a 7 p.m. game. The only other time Cleveland has hosted a game on this date was in 2005, when they defeated the Detroit Pistons by a 97-84 score.
*A lengthier stretch of games dominated by trips on the road will take place beginning February 12 with 15 of the next 20 games away from home. The run begins with a trip to the United Center in Chicago to face the Bulls on Thursday, February 12. That game will be the Cavaliers’ final contest before the now week-long All-Star break. The season will resume on February 20 with a road game against the Wizards.
*The final two Sundays of 2014, December 21 & 28, have the Cavaliers hosting the Memphis Grizzlies and Detroit Pistons, respectively. Both of those games will be the only ones all season that begin at 4:30 p.m, with the game against the Grizzlies marking the team’s first Sunday game of the year.
*Friday is the most popular day on the Cavaliers’ schedule, with nearly one-quarter (20) of their games getting the weekend started. Wednesday is next with 14; followed by Sunday with 13; Monday, Tuesday and Thursday with 10; and Saturday rounding out the group with just five games.
*Golden State Warriors’ point guard Stephen Curry will twice be able to gauge his boast that he’s a better offensive player than LeBron James. The first matchup will take place in Oakland on Friday, January 9, while the rematch in Cleveland in set for Thursday, February 26.