On Wednesday the NBA announced the schedule for the 2015-16 season and to the surprise of no one, the Philadelphia 76ers have no nationally televised games and aren’t playing any games over the holidays.
Shocking, I know.
Instead, the NBA will be showcasing the best of the best on Christmas Day this year, including a Finals rematch between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers as well as the traditional matchup of the Chicago Bulls and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
In all there will be five games on Christmas Day, which has become the NBA’s marquee holiday in much the same way the NFL owns Thanksgiving and the NHL has taken over New Years with the Winter Classic.
Despite the fact that the Sixers are still a few years from playing on Christmas, that doesn’t mean there are no games that will provide some interesting basketball for the proud members of Sixers Nation. They include:
- The Sixers will open the season on October 28 against longtime rivals the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden. The Celtics will arrive in South Philly for a rematch on January 23.
- They will face the Utah Jazz on October 30 in the team’s home opener at the Wells Fargo Center followed by LeBron James and the Cavaliers two days later.
- The Los Angeles Lakers come to the WFC on December 1 along with local hero Kobe Bryant, who may be playing his last game as a pro in South Philly as well as should-have-been-a-Sixer D’Angelo Russell.
- No. 1 overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves play the Sixers at the Center on January 4.
- The NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and MVP Andre Inguodala make their only apperance in Philly on January 30
- The Sixers head to Milwaukee for a date with Michael Carter-Williams and the Bucks November 4 and then welcome MCW to Philly for the 76ers final home game on April 10.
- The Sixers finish out the season with a back-to-back on the road against Toronto Raptors on April 12 and then the Chicago Bulls to finish the season on April 13.
The Sixers will be spending a great deal of December on the road, playing 18 of 24 away from the Center. They will also head into the All-Star break playing 13 of 17 at home and will play five of their last eight games of the season in South Philly.
The complete 2015-16 Sixers schedule can be found on Sixers.com.
The Sixers go into the 2015-16 season with a lot of question marks and very few answers. Will Tank 3.0 be in play or will the Sixers actually try to win some games this year? How good will Jahlil Okafor be and how weird will it be for fans to actually see the Sixers first-round pick play instead of sitting on the bench?
75 days until we all start to get some answers.