Originally posted on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 7/26/12

The past and present meet the future opening night in the NBA.  The NBA schedule was released early Thursday evening and revealed that Spurs will open their season Halloween night against Monty Williams, Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Hornets in the Big Easy.  That next night the Spurs travel to Oklahoma City for a Western Conference Finals rematch against the Thunder. So at least they're getting one of their back-to-backs out of the way early.

In addition to the Thunder, November's schedule features quite a few notable matchups for the Spurs.  They host 2011-2012 first round opponent Utah (11/3), welcome George Hill back to SA (11/5), travel to Los Angeles to play Chris Paul and the Clippers (11/7), go back to L.A. to face off against Steve Nash's Lakers (11/13), host the Knicks (11/15), the Clippers (11/19), head to Boston (11/21) and close out the month by traveling to South Beach to play the World Champion Miami Heat (11/29).  November ends with a six game road trip through the Eastern Conference.

I'm not sure if you still care about this "rivalry", but the Spurs host the Grizzlies (12/1) to kick off December and get their first look at Jeremy Lin, Omer Asik and whoever else is still on the Rockets (12/7) less than a week later.  December features what teams that don't have a Rodeo Road Trip would call a rough stretch.  The Spurs play eight games in eleven days, six of those coming on the road inlcuding Boston at home (12/15) and OKC on the road (12/17).  Don't worry, the pay off comes after the All-Star Break.  The Spurs get Christmas Eve and Christmas off before hosting Toronto (12/26).  The Spurs then close out 2012 with a New Year's Eve match up against the Nets in San Antonio (12/31).

The Silver and Black host Pau Gasol's Lakers for the first time nine days in to the new year (1/9). Richard Jefferson makes his long awaited return to San Antonio (you guys missed him, right?) with the Golden State Warriors on the back end of a three game homestand (1/18).  Other January highlights include consecutive games against the Dallas Mavericks (home 1/23, away 1/25).

February has meant one thing for the San Antonio Spurs since 2003 has meant one thing and one thing only: The Rodeo Road Trip.  This year the Spurs play nine games in 18 days with a six day gap in between their midwest/east coast and west coast swings to accomodate for the All-Star Break and a little extra rest.  In order, the Spurs play Minnesota (2/6), Detroit (2/8), Brooklyn (2/10), Chicago (2/11), Cleveland (2/13), Sacramento (2/19), L.A. Clippers (2/21), Golden State (2/22), Phoenix (2/24).  That looks like a Rodeo Road Trip that will lend itself well to winning, especially when you consider Derrick Rose will almost certainly not be playing that Chicago game.

March features only two road games for the Spurs, at Minnesota (3/12) and at Houston (3/24).  They also host the Miami Heat for the first time in two seasons.  You'll remember the lockout wiped out Miami's lone trip to San Antonio last year (3/31).  Be prepared for an abundance of LeBron and Wade jerseys, Spurs fans. 

Somehow, the Spurs have one more road game than home games in April.  They make their final trip to Oklahoma City for the regular season (4/4) and play a back to back against the Golden State Warriors (4/14) and Andrew Bynum's Los Angeles Lakers (4/15).  Unlike last season, this season's April is a short one as the playoffs will actually start on time.

To wrap up, the Spurs have 17 back to backs, nine games on the Rodeo Road Trip and 14 nationally televised games if you're counting NBA TV.  Here's the complete schedule Spurs fans.

 

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