Off the heels of one of the most successful seasons in franchise history, the Cavaliers unveiled their 2006-2007 schedule today. Here are the highlights, and then the entire schedule is listed below.
~The team plays 33 games on national television, the maximum allowed by NBA rules. They play ten times on ESPN, nine times on TNT, nine times on NBA TV, and five times on ABC.
~The Cavs open their season at home, on national television, against the Washington Wizards on November 1st at 8:00 PM on ESPN. They travel to San Antonio to play the Spurs two days later for their second game of the season.
~After a tough start, the schedule softens considerably early on. Fifteen of the teams next twenty one games after their first two are against teams that did not make the NBA Playoffs last season.
~Per usual, the Cavs will play home and homes with each of the teams in the Western Conference. They play Boston, Orlando, New Jersey, and Washington three times apiece, and the remainder of their Eastern Conference foes four times apiece.
~Unlike previous seasons, the Cavs do not play on Christmas or New Years Day this season.
~They play eleven sets of back to back games for twenty two in total.
~Things get much tougher for the Cavs in January. The month starts with their second game against the Spurs, and then the team embarks on a twelve day, seven game West coast trip. The Cavs also play New Jersey and Phoenix in January, which is clearly the toughest month on the Cavs schedule.
~The Cavs longest home stand is a ten day, five game stretch from February 2nd through the 11th. Included in this stretch are home games versus the Pistons on February 4th, the defending champion Heat on February 9th, and Kobe Bryant and the Lakers on the 11th.
~The teams last three games of the season are at home versus Atlanta, at Philly, and at home versus Milwaukee. However, the four games before that are versus Miami, at Washington, at Detroit, and versus New Jersey.
FULL 2006-2007 SCHEDULE
Wed. 1 Washington 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)
Fri. 3 at San Antonio 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)
Sat. 4 at Charlotte 7:00 p.m.
Tue. 7 Atlanta 7:00 p.m.
Thur. 9 Chicago 8:00 p.m. (TNT)
Sat. 11 Boston 7:30 p.m.
Mon. 13 at New York 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Wed. 15 Portland 7:00 p.m.
Fri. 17 Minnesota 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 18 at Washington 7:00 p.m. (NBA TV)
Tue. 21 Memphis 7:00 p.m.
Wed. 22 at Toronto 7:00 p.m.
Fri. 24 at Indiana 8:00 p.m.
Sat. 25 Philadelphia 7:30 p.m.
Wed. 29 New York 7:00 p.m.
Fri. 1 at Atlanta 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 2 at Houston 8:30 p.m.
Wed. 6 Toronto 7:00 p.m.
Sat. 9 Indiana 7:30 p.m.
Mon. 11 at NO/Okla City 8:00 p.m. (NBA TV)
Wed. 13 Charlotte 7:00 p.m.
Fri. 15 Seattle 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 16 at Orlando 7:00 p.m. (NBA TV)
Wed. 20 at New Jersey 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)
Thur. 21 Detroit 8:00 p.m. (TNT)
Sat. 23 Orlando 7:30 p.m.
Wed. 27 at Atlanta 7:00 p.m. (NBA TV)
Fri. 29 Milwaukee 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 30 at Chicago 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Tues. 2 San Antonio 7:00 p.m. (NBA TV)
Wed. 3 at Boston 7:30 p.m.
Fri. 5 at Milwaukee 8:30 p.m.
Sat. 6 New Jersey 7:30 p.m.
Tues. 9 at Sacramento 10:00 p.m.
Thurs. 11 at Phoenix 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
Sat. 13 at L.A. Clippers 10:30 p.m.
Tue. 16 at Seattle 10:00 p.m.
Wed. 17 at Portland 10:00 p.m.
Fri. 19 at Denver 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Sat. 20 at Golden State 10:30 p.m.
Mon. 22 Orlando 7:00 p.m.
Wed. 24 Philadelphia 7:00 p.m.
Fri. 26 at Philadelphia 7:00 p.m. (ESPN)
Sun. 28 Phoenix 1:00 p.m. (ABC)
Tues. 30 Golden State 7:00 p.m.
Thur. 1 at Miami 8:00 p.m. (TNT)
Fri. 2 Charlotte 7:30 p.m.
Sun. 4 Detroit 2:30 p.m. (ABC)
Wed. 7 L.A. Clippers 7:00 p.m.
Fri. 9 Miami 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)
Sun. 11 L.A. Lakers 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Wed. 14 at Utah 9:00 p.m.
Thur. 15 at L.A. Lakers 10:30 p.m.
Wed. 21 at Toronto 7:00 p.m.
Thur. 22 Chicago 7:00 p.m. (TNT)
Sun. 25 at Miami 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Tues. 27 NO/Okla City 7:00 p.m.
Thur. 1 at Dallas 8:00 p.m. (TNT)
Sat. 3 Toronto 7:30 p.m.
Mon. 5 Houston 7:00 p.m.
Wed. 7 at Detroit 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Sat. 10 at Milwaukee 8:30 p.m.
Sun. 11 Indiana 6:00 p.m.
Tue. 13 Sacramento 7:00 p.m.
Wed. 14 at Memphis 8:00 p.m.
Sat. 17 Utah 7:30 p.m.
Tue. 20 at Charlotte 7:00 p.m.
Wed. 21 Dallas 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)
Fri. 23 New York 7:30 p.m.
Sun. 25 Denver 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)
Tue. 27 at Indiana 7:00 p.m. (NBA TV)
Wed. 28 at New York 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 31 at Chicago 3:00 p.m. (ESPN)
Sun. 1 at Boston 6:00 p.m.
Tue. 3 at Minnesota 8:00 p.m.
Thur. 5 Miami 7:00 p.m. (TNT)
Fri. 6 at Washington 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)
Sun. 8 at Detroit 1:00 p.m. (ABC)
Thur. 12 New Jersery 8:00 p.m. (TNT)
Sat. 14 Atlanta 7:30 p.m.
Tue. 17 at Philadelphia 7:00 p.m.
Wed. 18 Milwaukee 7:00 p.m.