Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  By JAY CLEMONS  |  Last updated 10/30/13
Here are seven things to love and loathe about the Atlanta Hawks' 2013-14 schedule, in advance of the club launching their season Wednesday against the Mavericks: 1030 @ Dallas 111 vs. Toronto (home opener) 113 @ L.A. Lakers 115 @ Sacramento 117 @ Denver 1. Logistical Concerns Sure, the players and coaches aren't personally navigating their luxury charter jets from city to city. But still, what's the rationale in flying to Dallas for a single game, returning to Atlanta for a one-game homestand (against the Raptors) ... and then flying cross-country for a short, three-game excursion on the West Coast (Lakers, Kings, Nuggets)? On the flip side, it's kind of cool that all three NBA teams within the Fox Sports SouthCarolinasTennessee family are holding court in Texas on Opening Night: Memphis @ San Antonio Atlanta @ Dallas Charlotte @ Houston 2. Double Your Pleasure? The Hawks have five back-to-backs in the first two months vs. Philly@ New York (Nov. 15-16), @ Miamivs. Detroit (Nov. 19-20), vs. Dallas@ Washington (Nov. 29-30), vs. Washington@ New York (Dec. 13-14) and @ Orlando@ Boston (Dec. 28-29). On the surface, Atlanta has a reasonable shot at splitting all five outings, with a chance to sweep the late December mini-roadie of the Magic and Celtics. 3. A Sort Of Homecoming The schedule-maker doesn't waste any time with Josh Smith's ballyhooed return on Nov. 20, when the Pistons visit Atlanta on Thanksgiving Eve. Two days later, the clubs square off again in Detroit. 4. The Texas Three-Step Growing up in Detroit, I have fond memories of the Pistons hitting the Texas swing of San Antonio, Houston and Dallas in a four-night span, essentially getting the trip out of the way in a short period. But in today's NBA, at least for Atlanta, the Hawks take on the Mavericks (Oct. 30), Rockets (Nov. 27) and Spurs (Dec. 2) on separate road swings. 5. Short and Sweet The Hawks' longest homestand is four games (Clippers, Cavaliers, Thunder, Wizards from Dec. 4-13). Conversely, the club has a six-game road trip from Feb. 26-March 10 (Boston, Phoenix, Portland, Golden State, Los Angeles Clippers, Utah) covering three time zones. On the plus side, that trip marks the last time the Hawks must travel west of the Rockies for a game. 6. Trouble Ahead On paper, the victories will be hard to come by during the month of January, when Atlanta grapples with Golden State, Chicago, Brooklyn, Indiana, Houston, Memphis, Brooklyn and Miami in consecutive games (Jan. 3-20). The difficult month also includes outings with the Spurs (Jan. 24), Thunder (Jan. 27) and Pistons (Jan. 29). 7. Miscellaneous Hits The defending-champion Heat visit Atlanta twice Jan. 20 (Monday) and April 12 (Saturday). The Hawks have either a Friday or Saturday home game for all but four weekends this season. By contrast, the Bobcats won't see their home court for five weekends. Atlanta will require 11 separate road trips to hit the 15 Western Conference markets ... which doesn't really seem to the most efficient means of travel. Perhaps the NBA has a title-sponsor deal with a gasoline distributor? The Hawks' busiest month comes in November, with 17 games (eight home, nine road). For March, the club combats a slate of 16 games with eight away from Philips Arena. Incidentally, both periods include West Coast swings. Former head coach Larry Drew doesn't make his return to Atlanta until Thursday, March 13 the same weekend the SEC men's basketball tournament invades the Georgia Dome.
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