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2013-14 Schedule Notes

August 6, 2013's staff broke down the 2013-14 Wizards schedule...

5 Games You Can't Miss at Verizon Center:

Nov 8: Brooklyn at Washington
These were fun games last year, but now that Brooklyn has added even more to their roster they should be an exciting team to watch.  Adding to their "Big 3" from a year ago (Williams, Johnson, Lopez), the Nets went out and added two future Hall-of-Famers in Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.  This should propel them to be one of the premiere teams in the East.  They also signed first-year head coach Jason Kidd to run the show, which will certainly be interesting to watch.  The Wiz welcome them to town on the second Friday of the year and this will be the first real marquee opponent the Wizards do battle with in the 2013-14 season.

Dec 14: Los Angeles Clippers at Washington
This used to be the 'other' team from L.A., but now stocked with stars of their own, the Clippers are one of the hottest tickets in town.  Their biggest move of the off-season wasn't acquiring a player (though they did add some nice new roles players; Jared Dudley, J.J. Redick, Darren Collison, Byron Mullens), but rather a coach as they traded for the Celtics' Doc Rivers to take over their head coaching position.  Following this move, Chris Paul re-signed and the Clippers will once again be a threat in the west and be one of the more exciting teams to watch.   Watching John Wall go toe-to-toe with Chris Paul and seeing Nene bang down low with Blake Griffin should be well worth the price of admission!

Jan 11: Houston at Washington
After making noise just before the start of the 2012-13 season with the James Harden trade, the Rockets made the biggest splash of this past off-season when they signed free-agent center Dwight Howard.  Harden, Howard, and the rest of the Rockets make their one stop at Verizon Center on Saturday, January 11th in what should be a high-scoring epic affair. 

Jan 15: Miami at Washington
Just four days after the Rockets leave town, the defending NBA Champions make their way to Verizon Center for the first time during the 2013-14 season. Last season, the Wizards stunned the Heat, 105-101 in their opening game on Dec 4. The Verizon Center should be rocking on this Wednesday night in January as John Wall and the Wizards look to take down the defending champs again!

Feb 1: Oklahoma City at Washington
It's Super Bowl weekend and what better way to get ready for the NFL's big game than to watch this high powered showcase at Verizon Center on Saturday night.  The Wiz have beaten the Thunder two straight times at home, but neither by more than one possession and if history repeats itself this should be another thriller on the Verizon Center floor. 

Season Opener:

Oct 30: Washington at Detroit
The Wizards open the 2013-14 season on the road in Detroit which should be a good test to kick off the year. The Pistons have re-loaded this off-season, adding Josh Smith, Brandon Jennings, and Chauncey Billups to go along with their talented young frontcourt featuring Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond.  Nobody knows how this new-look team will play together, so maybe the Wizards will be able to take advantage of their inexperience playing with one another.  Regardless, this should be a good battle between two teams likely fighting for a playoff spot at the end of the year. 

Home Opener:

Nov 1: Philadelphia at Washington
The Wizards will kick off their home slate against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday, November 1st!  Having entered rebuilding mode, the 76ers are being picked to finish near the bottom of the Eastern Conference in 2013-14.  However, you can't overlook anyone in the NBA and being opening night at Verizon Center, the Wizards will want to start things on the right note and give a maximum effort for the home crowd.  This should be a fun one to get things going in DC. 

Happy New Years!:

Jan 1: Dallas at Washington
For the second year in a row, the Wizards will bring in the New Year with a game against Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. What better way to celebrate 2014 then coming out to Verizon Center for what is sure to be an exciting game between two up-tempo teams.

MLK Jr. Day:

Jan 20: Philadelphia at Washington
In a day that is always special around the D.C. area, the Wizards will host the Philadelphia 76ers in a matinee on MLK Jr. Day in 2014. This will be Philly's second trip to Verizon Center after the two teams play in the Wizards home opener on November 1st.

Friday Night Lights:

The Wizards will play at home eight times on Friday night. The Verizon Center will be rocking with some of the biggest names in the game taking the stage underneath the Friday Night Lights!

Friday Night Lights

Date Opponent Venue Time (EDT)
Fri, November 1
vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Verizon Center 7:00pm
Fri, November 8
vs. Brooklyn Nets
Verizon Center 7:00pm
Fri, December 6
vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Verizon Center 7:00pm
Fri, January 3
vs. Toronto Raptors
Verizon Center 7:00pm
Fri, January 17
vs. Chicago Bulls
Verizon Center 7:00pm
Fri, February 7
vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Verizon Center 7:00pm
Fri, March 28
vs. Indiana Pacers
Verizon Center 7:00pm

Working on the Weekend:

If you are too busy to come out to Verizon Center during the week, take a look at the array of games being played on the weekend this season:

Weekend Slate

Date Opponent Venue Time (EDT)
Sat, November 16
vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Verizon Center 7:00 pm
Sat, November 23
vs. New York Knicks
Verizon Center 7:00 pm
Sat, November 30
vs. Atlanta Hawks
Verizon Center 7:00 pm
Sat, December 14
L.A. Clippers
Verizon Center 7:00 pm
Sat, December 28 vs. Detroit Pistons Verizon Center 7:00 pm
Sun, January 5
vs. Golden State Warriors
Verizon Center 6:00 pm
Sat, January 11
vs. Houston Rockets
Verizon Center 7:00 pm
Sat, January 18
vs. Detroit Pistons
Verizon Center 7:00 pm
Sat, February 1
vs. OKC Thunder
Verizon Center 7:00 pm
Sun, February 9 vs. Sacramento Kings
Verizon Center 6:00 pm
Sat, February 22 vs. New Orleans Pelicans
Verizon Center 7:00 pm
Sat, March 15 vs. Brooklyn Nets
Verizon Center 7:00 pm
Sat, March 29
vs. Atlanta Hawks
Verizon Center 8:00 pm
Sat, Apr 5
vs. Chicago Bulls
Verizon Center 7:00 pm
Sat, Apr 12
vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Verizon Center 7:00 pm

Life on the Road:

The Wizards will have two road trips of four or more games during the '13-'14 season. The first comes in January when they take to the road for a four city-six day trip that will include stops in Phoenix (Jan 24), Utah (Jan 25), Golden State (Jan 28) and Los Angeles (Clippers) (Jan 29).

Road Trip

Date Opponent Venue Time (EDT)
Fri, January 24 at. Phoenix
US Airways Center 10:00 pm
Sat, January 25 at. Utah
EnergySolutions Arena 10:00 pm
Tues, January 28 at. Golden State
Oracle Arena
10:30 pm
Wed, January 29 at. Los Angeles Clippers Staples Center 10:30 pm

The next big trip comes in March when the team hits the road for a four city-six day trip with stops in Sacramento (Mar 18), Portland (Mar 20), Los Angeles (Lakers) (Mar 21), and Denver (Mar 23).

Date Opponent Venue Time (EDT)
Tues, March 18 at. Sacramento Sleep Train Arena 10:00 pm
Thurs, March 20 at. Portland Rose Garden 10:00 pm
Fri, March 21 at. Los Angeles Lakers Staples Center 10:30 pm
Sun, March 23 at. Denver Nuggets Pepsi Center 5:00 pm