Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 9/3/13
The 2013-2014 NBA season is just around the corner. Most sports fanatics are excited about college football and the NFL starting up, but basketball season is approaching quickly. Though the NBA just ended earlier this summer, it’s still exciting to see what this next season will bring for the back-to-back reigning champions, the Miami Heat. Their schedule was released and they open up with a bang, playing the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday October 29th, at 8:00 p.m. EST in Miami. The game will be televised on TNT. The Bulls will have their star player back in Derrick Rose, and will hopefully make this game intense as it always is with or without Rose. This opening night will definitely be one to remember for the Heat because they will have their ring ceremony for winning the championship last season, making emotions run high for both sides.                                The next tough matchup for the Heat will be November 1st against the Brooklyn Nets, who have built a super team by adding Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to their roster. When Pierce and Garnett played for the Boston Celtics they never respected LeBron James and the Heat and always played them the toughest of any team in the East. Now that Pierce and Garnett play for Brooklyn, I’m sure they will be just as intense with their new teammates. Another tough game in November will be against the L.A. Clippers on the 8th, which could be a preview of the NBA finals if the Clippers live up to the hype. The month of December will be a solid month of competition for Miami as they play several marquee teams. They play the Bulls again on December 5th, the Indiana Pacers on the 10th and 18th, then the L.A. Lakers on Christmas Day. The Lakers game will be the most anticipated game for the month with the Lakers trying to get Kobe Bryant back to full health as they rebuild their team. The Heat, meanwhile, want to prove that they’re the best. The buzz around the league is the Lakers may be interested in LeBron James next season with him becoming a free agent, so that could also make this game even more interesting and intense. Going into the year 2014, the Heat will have a pretty busy month in January and early February. Do you think they can match or beat their 27 game win streak they put together last season? Well, in January they’ll have a very tough road schedule where they travel to New York, Brooklyn and Philadelphia, among others. The trip to Madison Square Garden comes on January 9th, when Miami will play the Carmelo Anthony-led Knicks. Then on the 10th they play the Brooklyn Nets again, followed by a 4-day break before the Heat travel to Washington to play the Wizards. On the 17th they go to Philadelphia to play the 76ers, the Charlotte Bobcats will face off against the Heat on the 18th, and the road trip concludes in Atlanta on the 20th. The Knicks and Nets games could possibly drain the Heat and make the 76ers and Wizards  more challenging but the Heat pulled it off last year so it won’t be a surprise if they do it again this year. To end the month of January with all home games, they play the Boston Celtics on the 21st, L.A. Lakers on the 23rd, San Antonio Spurs on the 26th, and the Oklahoma City Thunder on the 29th which definitely will challenge the Heat before the All-Star Break. Just to make it even more difficult for the Heat before the All-Star break they play the New York Knicks February 1st in Miami and the L.A. Clippers February 5th, also at American Airlines Arena. From October all the way to early February, the Heat will have some tough matchups which should tell us if they’re capable of winning another championship to make it a 3-peat. The All-Star week will  be February 13-17th in New Orleans.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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