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Dr Huxtable
08-02-2004, 12:11 PM
http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/schedule_0405_040802.html

The Indiana Pacers announced Monday their 2004-05 National Basketball Association schedule, highlighted by the Nov. 6 home opener against Chicago, the traditional Thanksgiving night game, Nov. 25 (vs. Minnesota and 2003-04 MVP Kevin Garnett, 8:00 p.m.) and a Christmas Day home game (12:30 p.m.) against defending world champion Detroit. The games against the Timberwolves and the Pistons will be two of the Pacers’ 17 nationally-televised appearances on ABC, TNT or ESPN.

The Pacers will open on the road Nov. 3 at Cleveland and Nov. 5 at Boston before returning home to host the Bulls, Saturday, Nov. 6, at 8:00 p.m. in a game celebrating the fifth anniversary of the opening of Conseco Fieldhouse.

Other highlights on the home portion of the schedule include two visits from Shaquille O’Neal and the Miami Heat (Wed., Feb. 23 and Thu., Mar. 31); two home dates (Sat., Dec. 25 and Thu., Jan. 27) with the Pistons, the Pacers’ opponent from the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals; Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers with one visit (Fri., Mar. 18); Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs (Wed., Mar. 23); Brad Miller and the Sacramento Kings (Sat., Dec. 11); Lebron James and Cleveland (Fri., Feb. 25 and Wed., Apr. 6); and Carmelo Anthony and Denver (Sat., Jan. 29).

The Pacers will have three appearances on ABC (vs. New Jersey, Sun., Mar. 20; vs. New York, Sun., Apr. 10; and at Miami, Sun., Apr. 17); five on TNT (Thanksgiving night against the Pistons; Thu., Jan. 6 at San Antonio; Thu., Jan. 27 vs. Detroit; Thu., Mar. 3 at Denver and Thu., Mar. 31 vs. Miami); and nine showings on ESPN, the first of which will be Fri., Nov. 19, when the Pacers play at Detroit.

Again this season, all games will be carried on 1070 WIBC. The Pacers’ television schedule on WB4 and Fox Sports Net will be announced at a later date.

The Pacers last season, led by MVP candidate Jermaine O’Neal and Defensive Player of the Year Ron Artest, won the Central Division and compiled a league-best and franchise-record 61-21 mark.

For information on season, half and mini season ticket plans, contact the Pacers’ Public Information Department at (317) 917-2500.

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http://www.nba.com/pacers/schedule/index.html The full schedule

canyoufeelit
08-02-2004, 12:14 PM
The games against the Timberwolves and the Pistons will be two of the Pacers’ 17 nationally-televised appearances on ABC, TNT or ESPN.

http://www.nba.com/pacers/schedule/index.html The full schedule

sweeeeeeeeeeeeet. For the record, how many did we have last year?

Lord Helmet
08-02-2004, 12:15 PM
I knew we would get alittle more T.V. time.

Hicks
08-02-2004, 12:17 PM
8 of those Nat.TV games are NBATV, but that's still 9 showings on either TNT/ESPN/ABC

Unclebuck
08-02-2004, 12:19 PM
Told you they would play the Pistons Christmas day.

Hicks
08-02-2004, 12:20 PM
3 of our games vs Miami, and 3 vs Detroit are on National TV.

Hicks
08-02-2004, 12:21 PM
November 17th, Al returns to Conseco.

Hicks
08-02-2004, 12:22 PM
First meeting w/ the Bobcats, November 26

Hicks
08-02-2004, 12:23 PM
Oh, also:

Season begins November 3, @ Cleveland
Home opener is November 6, vs Chicago

We end the season at home on April 20 vs Chicago

Hicks
08-02-2004, 12:27 PM
3 West Coast trips this year.

First one goes from Nov 28 - Dec 4, @ :sonics: :clippers: :kings: :warriors:

Second one goes from Jan 6 - 11, @ :spurs: :mavericks: :suns: :grizzlies:

Third is from March 3-8, @ :nuggets: :blazers: :lakers: :jazz:

The last two are easily harder than the 1st trip. I'd say the last one should be the hardest overall.

Unclebuck
08-02-2004, 12:32 PM
This is interesting


For the first time ever, the NBA schedule features a weeklong series of games that highlight regional contests, divisional games and historic playoff matchups as part of Rivalry Week, which runs from Tuesday, Feb. 22 through Wednesday, March 2.

During the week, ESPN will feature:
Houston at San Antonio (Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 9 p.m. ET) Cleveland at Indiana (Friday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. ET)

A a rematch of the 2004 NBA Finals as the Lakers host the Pistons (Friday, Feb. 25 at 10:30 p.m. ET)

Miami at Orlando (Sunday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET)

Charlotte at New Orleans (Wednesday, March 2 at 9 p.m. ET)


As part of Rivalry Week, TNT will feature a doubleheader on Thursday, Feb. 24 as New York hosts Philadelphia at 7 p.m. ET, followed by

Sacramento at Dallas at 9:30 p.m. ET, a renewal of their playoff rivalry from the past two seasons. NBA TV will televise other key matchups during Rivalry Week, rekindling historic playoff rivalries including:
Boston at the Lakers on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 10:30 p.m. ET

Indiana at New York on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET

Utah at Houston on Sunday, Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. ET
The Lakers at New York on Monday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. ET

SoupIsGood
08-02-2004, 12:32 PM
I think we can expect at least 55 wins.

Our schedule in april is cheese, we will probably end the season strong.

Unclebuck
08-02-2004, 12:38 PM
I can never analyse the schedule until it is put into calendar format, which NBA.com always does. They have not done it yet though

J-Wont
08-02-2004, 12:56 PM
National TV Total - 25
NBATV - 8
ESPN/ESPN2 - 8
TNT - 6
ABC - 3

diego
08-02-2004, 01:00 PM
3 West Coast trips this year.

First one goes from Nov 28 - Dec 4, @ :sonics: :clippers: :kings: :warriors:

Second one goes from Jan 6 - 11, @ :spurs: :mavericks: :suns: :grizzlies:

Third is from March 3-8, @ :nuggets: :blazers: :lakers: :jazz:

The last two are easily harder than the 1st trip. I'd say the last one should be the hardest overall.



Sorry Hicks but the second one is far more brutal especially now that Shaq is not in LA lA land.

SoupIsGood
08-02-2004, 01:00 PM
1. January
2. March
3. February
4. November
5. December
6. April

Is how I would rank the months, from most difficult to easiest. Although 3-5 are very close to being equal, IMO.

54 or 55 wins is my prediction for the season record. However, if Bender finally has his breakout year, that number will go up.

MSA2CF
08-02-2004, 01:17 PM
Now I get to scan over the home games for which I will try to get tickets. :mango:

Hicks
08-02-2004, 01:47 PM
*cracks knuckles* Time to compile the back to backs of the season.

Nov 5/6 @ :celtics: vs :bulls:

Nov 9/10 @ :timberwolves: vs :clippers:

Nov 12/13 @ :sixers: vs :knicks:

Nov 19/20 @ :pistons: vs :magic:

Nov 25/26 vs :timberwolves: vs :bobcats:

Dec 3/4 @ :kings: @ :warriors:

Dec 10/11 @ :bucks: vs :kings:

Dec 17/18 vs :raptors: @ :bulls:

Dec 29/30 @ :bobcats: @ :nets:

Jan 8/9 @ :mavericks: @ :suns:

Jan 14/15 vs :suns: vs :magic:

Jan 18/19 @ :rockets: @ :hornets:

Jan 21/22 @ :heat: vs :wizards:

Jan 26/27 @ :celtics: vs :pistons:

Feb 4/5 vs :mavericks: @ :hawks:

Feb 22/23 @ :magic: vs :heat:

Feb 25/26 vs :cavaliers: @ :knicks:

Mar 3/4 @ :nuggets: @ :blazers:

Mar 22/23 @ :nets: vs :spurs:

Mar 25/26 @ :pistons: @ :bulls:

Apr 5/6 @ :knicks: vs :cavaliers:

Apr 10/11 :knicks: @ :raptors:

Apr 17/18 @ :heat: @ :magic:


Totals:

Total Back to Backs: 23

Per Month:

November: 5
December: 4
January: 5
February: 3
March: 3
April: 3


That is a lot of freakin' back to backs.

Hicks
08-02-2004, 01:48 PM
Although one thing I like is that the season will get easier as we go, so the toughest stretches we can tackle while we're most healthy, and have more energy. Then we get an easier stretch to end the year on a high note and be ready for the playoffs.

Kstat
08-02-2004, 02:16 PM
Someone is going to get a lump of coal for christmas.....:devil:

Looks like I'll be in Indy late January this time around.

Kegboy
08-02-2004, 02:22 PM
That is a lot of freakin' back to backs.


Ding Ding Ding Ding!

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a winner in the annual "First to overreact to the schedule" award!

Hicks, we go through this every year. Every team plays 22 or 23 back-to-backs. It's no big deal.

Kegboy
08-02-2004, 02:22 PM
I can never analyse the schedule until it is put into calendar format, which NBA.com always does. They have not done it yet though

http://www.nba.com/pacers/schedule/pocket_schedule.html

t-Bone
08-02-2004, 02:37 PM
Thanksgving Day-Colts@Lions at 4:00 :cool::cool:

T-wolves@ Pacers at 8:00 :cool::cool:

MSA2CF
08-02-2004, 02:38 PM
Not too many home games I'm excited to go to. :ninja:

Kegboy
08-02-2004, 02:56 PM
Thanksgving Day-Colts@Lions at 4:00 :cool::cool:

T-wolves@ Pacers at 8:00 :cool::cool:


:love:

ROCislandWarrior
08-02-2004, 03:11 PM
Also, on NBATV they just announced that ESPN will carry the WCF and TNT will carry the ECF.

Hicks
08-02-2004, 03:26 PM
Seriously? Wow. Finally some good coverage (assuming we make it back)

Unclebuck
08-02-2004, 03:41 PM
Now that I think about it I remember when the new TV deal was signed that TNT just had the western conference finals the first two years, now I think they alternate.

TNT was smart. The ECF should be as good and as large of a ratings draw as the WCf now with. We know that 2 of Heat, Pacers and Pistons will be in the ECF. And that will get as good of ratings as the Spurs v T-Wolves

Unclebuck
08-02-2004, 03:43 PM
Now that I think about it I remember when the new TV deal was signed that TNT just had the western conference finals the first two years, now I think they alternate.

TNT was smart. The ECF should be as good and as large of a ratings draw as the WCf now with. We know that 2 of Heat, Pacers and Pistons will be in the ECF. And that will get as good of ratings as the Spurs v T-Wolves

SycamoreKen
08-02-2004, 07:21 PM
3 West Coast trips this year.

First one goes from Nov 28 - Dec 4, @ :sonics: :clippers: :kings: :warriors:

Second one goes from Jan 6 - 11, @ :spurs: :mavericks: :suns: :grizzlies:

Third is from March 3-8, @ :nuggets: :blazers: :lakers: :jazz:

The last two are easily harder than the 1st trip. I'd say the last one should be the hardest overall.



Sorry Hicks but the second one is far more brutal especially now that Shaq is not in LA lA land.


I'm not so sure about that. One could argue that Denver, L.A., and Utah are better than Memphis and Pheonix are right now, with Dallas not being that much better. The whole bottom half of the Western Conference is pretty even.

MSA2CF
08-02-2004, 09:45 PM
I want to see what'll happen on December 14th, when the Hornets go to Charlotte to play the Bobcats...I'm interested in how the fans will react to the players.

MSA2CF
08-02-2004, 09:47 PM
Also March 15th when Boozer returns to Cleveland.

Kegboy
08-02-2004, 10:53 PM
National TV Total - 25
NBATV - 8
ESPN/ESPN2 - 8
TNT - 6
ABC - 3

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=1850776

In contract, Miami and Houston will each have 24 ABC/ESPN/TNT games, along with 9 NBATV games, for a total of 33 per, which is the league maximum by rule. Geez, get ready to be sick to death of Shaq and Yao.

Checking around, the Lakers are on 33 times too. Detroit's on 30. Charlotte's on 3, once on ESPN and twice on NBATV. :( But then, that's not as bad as Atlanta which is on NBATV once. That's it. Wow.

Okay, I've gotten anal about this, so what the hell:

Atlanta - 1
Boston - 6
Charlotte - 3
Chicago - 3
Cleveland - 31
Dallas - 26
Denver - 15
Detroit - 30
Golden State - 7
Houston - 33
Indiana - 25
LA Clippers - 5
LA Lakers - 33
Memphis - 12
Miami - 33
Milwaukee - 10
Minnesota - 26
New Jersey - 11
New Orleans - 7
New York - 18
Orlando - 9
Philadelphia - 16
Phoenix - 8
Portland - 13
Sacramento - 30
San Antonio - 31
Seattle - 9
Toronto - 2 (wow, someone must expect VC to get traded.)
Utah - 12
Washington - 4
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Unclebuck
08-03-2004, 12:00 AM
Poor Al between only being on National TV once and the 3500 fans at Philips arena, no one will get to see him play this season.

2 for the Raptors seems a bit too low.

kerosene
08-03-2004, 12:30 AM
New York - 18 :shrug:

Nice to see the Jazz, Nugs, and Grizz get a decent number of games though.

NugzFan
08-04-2004, 10:58 PM
i dont think EVERY team plays 22-23 backtobacks. that is a lot. denver has 19 and i read on a lakers board they only have 12 or 13.

is the schedule more compact this year or what - why are they cramming all the games together?