10 highlights from the Wizards' 2014-15 schedule
The 10 games you can't miss
The Wizards have a young roster improved with savvy offseason moves. All of their games should be fun to watch, but we've pulled out the 10 we're looking forward to most.
Oct. 29, 2014 — Wizards at Heat
Miami's big three have been reduced to two, but can they be a dynamic duo? Though LeBron James' departure surely will hurt the Heat, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh aren't quitters. A weakened Miami leaves the top spot in the Southeast Division up for grabs for the first time in years. The Wizards will look to take advantage from the very first game of the season.
Nov. 1, 2014 — Wizards vs. Bucks
The home opener will give Wizards fans their first glimpse of Paul Pierce, Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair in Washington uniforms. Fans have high hopes for this team after last season's playoff run, which could make for the most exciting home opener in years.
Nov. 21, 2014 — Wizards vs. Cavaliers
LeBron's return makes Cleveland a must-see opponent on any team's schedule, but the Wizards and Cavs developed a particularly chippy playoff rivalry during James' first stint in Cleveland. Now that both teams are fielding even better rosters, the rivalry should pick up where it left off ... and gain steam.
Dec. 25, 2014 — Wizards at Knicks
There are so many reasons to be excited for this game, it's hard to name them all. To start, the Wizards are playing on the biggest stage: Christmas Day at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks retained Carmelo Anthony, but added Zen Master Phil Jackson as president and Derek Fisher as coach. Could New York be poised for a turnaround?
Jan. 3, 2015 — Wizards at Spurs
The Spurs are one of the league's deepest, best coached teams and have the hardware to prove it. The 2014 champs are happy to have Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan back for another year. They also made history by hiring Becky Hammon as the first female assistant coach in NBA history. They'll be a tough, valuable challenge for the Wizards.
Jan. 21, 2015 — Wizards vs. Thunder
D.C. has to be the only place an Oklahoma City player will get as much applause as the home team. Wizards fans desperately want Kevin Durant to return to Washington in a LeBron James-style homecoming. That's not possible until 2016, but you can bet fans will start campaigning early. Don't expect any hard fouls on Durant, either.
Feb. 24, 2015 — Wizards vs. Warriors
It's "House of Guards" versus "Splash Brothers" in a battle of the backcourts. Both the Wizards and Warriors could claim the best pair of starting guards in the league, but Team USA's first round of roster cuts gave the edge to Golden State. Wall and Beal were let go while Curry and Thompson remained. By this time, the Wizards should be ready for a rematch.
Mar. 3, 2015 — Wizards at Bulls
The Wizards beat the Bulls in the playoffs last season, but Washington can't count on a repeat performance now that Derrick Rose is healthy. If reports from Team USA camp are any indication, Rose is back to playing virtuoso basketball. Pair him with the reigning Defensive Player of the Year in Noah and you've got a daunting opponent.
Mar. 27, 2015 — Wizards vs. Hornets
Charlotte made the first round of the playoffs last season as the Bobcats. Now with their new-old name and a pair of talented rookies — Noah Vonleh and P.J. Hairston — the Hornets have potential to make noise in the Southeast Division. The Wizards can't afford to overlook Charlotte.
Apr. 15, 2015 — Wizards at Cavaliers
LeBron James, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving — is there any place tougher to play than Cleveland? This will be the last game of the regular season, too. Not only could it be a precursor to the Eastern Conference playoffs, but also a Wizards win would prove they can beat anyone, anywhere.