Phoenix Suns: 10 Must-See Games in 2010-11
Last month, the NBA released the regular-season schedule for all 30 teams, and the Phoenix Suns were rewarded by an excellent and somewhat surprising deep postseason run last spring with 25 nationally televised games.
Sure, some matchups are more appealing than others, but these 10 are a must see for any NBA fan, let alone a Suns fan like you.
October 29- Suns vs. Lakers
If there is still any bitterness toward the Lakers after last season's Western Conference Finals loss, Suns players will have plenty of opportunities to sweeten the taste.
The Lakers and Suns (Pacific division) will meet four times next season.
This matchup just happens to be the Suns' home opener, oh yeah, and they are hosting the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers.
When: Friday October 29th 10:30 pm EST
November 17- Suns at Heat
The Suns open up a four-game road trip by paying a visit to the new big three in South Beach.
As if you needed warning for this game, Lebron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade on the same team, and the Suns, come on.
Don't worry if you can't get a ticket to this one, ESPN has you covered.
When: Wednesday, November 17th 7:00 pm EST
December 2- Suns at Warriors
Put the kids to bed early and don't worry about the defense, two of last season's highest scoring offenses meet up on TNT, and a classic Pacific Division rivalry is renewed.
The Suns won the season series last year (3-1), but those four games were closer than you might think.
When: Thursday, December 2nd 10:30 pm EST
December 17- Suns at Mavericks
On December 17, the Suns open up their season series with the Mavericks and Steve Nash returns to the team he lead to the Western Conference Finals in 2003.
Dallas, which greatly disappointed in last season's playoffs, losing in the first round as a number two seed, will look to bring some new faces of their own into this ever-evolving rivalry.
When: Friday, December 17th 9:30 pm EST
January 7- Suns vs. Knicks
This game is intriguing for a number of reasons, the obvious one being Amar'e Stoudemire (recently acquired by the Knicks from the Suns).
Stoudemire returns to the desert for the first time as the enemy, and he brings with him a New York Knicks team that is in the mix for Carmelo Anthony, and that's lead by former Suns coach Mike D'antoni.
You might want to check this one out.
When: Friday, January 7th 10:30 pm EST
January 21- Suns at Wizards
Even though Phoenix has dominated Washington since Nash returned in 2004, this game is sure to be different.
Yeah, the Suns might still win big, but first overall draft pick John Wall will be in uniform for the rebuilding Wizards.
Need another reason to watch, IT'S THE SUNS!
When: Friday, January 21st 8:00 pm EST
January 28- Suns vs. Celtics
The Suns welcome the Eastern Conference champion Celtics to the desert for the only time next season.
The big three are still intact, and emerging superstar guard Rajon Rondo will look to outduel Steve Nash in yet another great point guard battle.
When: Friday, January 28th 10:30 pm EST
February 11- Suns at Jazz
OK, so the Suns second game of the season is on the road at Energy Solutions Arena against the Jazz, trust me, this one is different.
The Suns will be in the middle of a stretch of only two road games out of 12 total. One of those away games is the new look Utah Jazz.
A great test against another Western Conference contender, but if the Suns get behind early in this one, look out, its the second game of a back to back.
When: Friday, February 11th 10:30 pm EST
March 13- Suns vs. Magic
The Suns split the season series with Orlando last year, each team winning on its home floor.
However, this particular matchup features a reunion between Hedo Turkoglu (recently acquired by the Suns from the Raptors) and the team he lead to the Finals in 2009.
Don't be surprised if these two teams throw up over 60 three-pointers.
When: Sunday, March 13th 3:30 pm EST
April 3- Suns at Spurs
In early April, as the playoffs draw near, teams in the Western Conference will be battling for seeding, home court advantage, or even just to make the postseason.
You can bet that both these teams will be in that mix.
Also remember that the Suns swept the Spurs in the Western Conference Semi-Finals last season, duh, like you would forget.
When: Sunday, April 3rd 1:00 pm EST