2012-13 NBA Schedule Revealed

The 2012-13 NBA schedule was released on Thursday. Follow this StoryStream for some of the highlights.

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2012-13 NBA Schedule: Rockets' Jeremy Lin's First Game At Knicks On NBA TV, Not National Television

Jeremy Lin's part in reviving the New York Knicks was one of the most dramatic, exhilarating stretches of the 2011-12 NBA season, and well deserved the "Linsanity" sobriquet it got. But when Lin returns to Madison Square Garden's bright lights as a member of the Houston Rockets, the game won't be on national television.

No, according to the 2012-13 NBA schedule, when the Rockets come to New York to visit the Knicks on Dec. 17, it will be broadcast solely on NBA TV, the league's own cable channel, which few people outside of basketball diehards get, and on the local channels that serve Knicks and Rockets fans.

That decision's a really curious one, given New York's fascination with Lin and the potential for the game sucking up all the oxygen in the Big Apple on that Monday. The league is actually burying two very compelling games that day (the Thunder and Spurs play in a 2012 Western Conference Finals rematch, but it's not available on any national television) -- something that is sure to draw some ire from fans.

Of course, the first game Lin will play against the Knicks in 2012-13, on Nov. 23, won't even be on NBA TV, instead falling into local broadcasts' purview. Fans with NBA League Pass should be able to get that game, at least, but making it hard to see the most compelling games of Jeremy Lin's career is definitely one way to tamp down on Linsanity.

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2012-13 NBA Schedule: A Complete List Of Home Openers

We already knew that the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks would be each other's first home opponent on the 2012-13 NBA schedule. But with the full schedule released Thursday night, we now have the full list of every NBA teams' home openers — and the borough battles are only some of the highlights.

The biggest game of the opening day of the season -- which, just so we're all clear, is Oct. 30, 2012 -- features the Miami Heat welcoming the Boston Celtics back to South Florida for a rematch of the 2012 Eastern Conference finals. The Los Angeles Lakers also open at home on that Tuesday, welcoming the Dallas Mavericks to town for Steve Nash's first game in purple and gold.

The last team to get its home opener? The Denver Nuggets, who will have to wait until the second Tuesday of the 2012-13 NBA season to host a game.

Here's the full list of home openers for the 2012-13 NBA season. Home teams are listed first, and all times are Eastern. Games without indicated channels will be available on NBA League Pass.

Oct. 30, 2012

Cavaliers vs. Wizards, 7 p.m.
Heat vs. Celtics, 8 p.m., TNT
Lakers vs. Mavericks, 10:30 p.m., TNT

Oct. 31, 2012

Raptors vs. Pacers, 7 p.m.
76ers vs. Nuggets, 7 p.m.
Pistons vs. Rockets, 7:30 p.m.
Bulls vs. Kings, 8 p.m.
Hornets vs. Spurs, 8, NBATV
Jazz vs. Mavericks, 9 p.m.
Suns vs. Warriors, 10 p.m.
Clippers vs. Grizzlies, 10:30
Trail Blazers vs. Lakers, 10:30, NBATV

Nov. 1, 2012

Nets vs. Knicks, 7 p.m., TNT
Spurs vs. Thunder, 9:30 p.m., TNT

Nov. 2, 2012

Bobcats vs. Pacers, 7 p.m.
Magic vs. Nuggets, 7 p.m.
Celtics vs. Bucks, 7:30 p.m.
Hawks vs. Rockets, 7:30 p.m.
Knicks vs. Heat, 8 p.m., ESPN
Thunder vs. Trail Blazers, 8 p.m.
Timberwolves vs. Kings, 8 p.m.
Warriors vs. Grizzlies, 10:30 p.m.

Nov. 3, 2012

Wizards vs. Celtics, 7 p.m.
Pacers vs. Kings, 7 p.m.
Rockets vs. Trail Blazers, 8 p.m.
Bucks vs. Cavaliers, 8:30 p.m.
Mavericks vs. Bobcats, 8:30 p.m.

Nov. 5, 2012

Grizzlies vs. Jazz, 8 p.m.
Kings vs. Warriors, 10 p.m.

Nov. 6, 2012

Nuggets vs. Pistons, 9 p.m.

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2012-13 NBA Schedule Released: Celtics Vs. Heat, Mavs Vs. Lakers Highlight Opening Night

The Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks will be each other's first home opponent on the 2012-13 NBA schedule. But with the full schedule released Thursday, we now know that Opening Night might be the biggest night of the season's opening week.

The biggest game on Oct. 30, 2012, the opening day of the season, sees the Boston Celtics visiting the Miami Heat in South Florida for a rematch of the 2012 Eastern Conference finals. Of course, that's not the only narrative of that game -- it will also be Ray Allen's first game against the team with which he won an NBA title and became the league's all-time leading three-point shooter, which might get some attention. Oh, and the Heat will be raising their 2011-12 NBA championship banner.

Later that night, the Los Angeles Lakers will welcome the Dallas Mavericks to Tinseltown for a clash between two Western Conferenc titans. It'll be the debut of Steve Nash in a Lakers uniform in a regular-season game, and could very well be the beginning of the Dwight Howard Era for L.A., too, if the Lakers can swing a deal for the Magic center.

Both of these games will be televised on TNT on October 30, with Celtics-Heat beginning the night at 8 p.m. Eastern and Mavs-Lakers following at 10:30 p.m. Eastern.

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The NBA Schedule We Need On Christmas

The NBA isn't committed enough to Basketball On Christmas. We need more. The Hook presents its 15-game Christmas schedule. You're up, Newfoundland.

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