Phoenix Suns schedule 2013: Rebuilding squad will face a lot of challenges

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The losses are sure to pile up for the rebuilding Suns.

The Phoenix Suns are in rebuilding mode, with the organization in the process of trying to add as much young talent as possible to the roster. There are some intriguing new additions in place, including Eric Bledsoe in the backcourt and first-round pick Alex Len up front, but it's unclear if that'll be enough to benefit Phoenix this season.

Like most rebuilding efforts, there will be a lot of losses along the way and things could get ugly at times for Phoenix.

Five games to watch 

Oct. 30 vs. Portland Trail Blazers - The Suns' season opener has plenty of intrigue for a couple of reasons. New head coach Jeff Hornacek will make his regular-season coaching debut and Channing Frye will play in a regular season game for the first time since the 2011-12 season after missing all of last year due to a heart issue.

Nov. 29 at Utah Jazz - The Suns and Jazz will be two of the weaker teams in the league, but there's a major storyline surrounding this matchup. Hornacek played for the Jazz from 1994-2000 and was a key contributor to the two Jazz teams that lost to the Chicago Bulls in consecutive NBA Finals. Hornacek was also an assistant coach for the Jazz for the last two seasons. This will be his first trip back to Utah as a head coach.

Dec. 23 vs. Los Angeles Lakers - It has been more than a year since Steve Nash was traded from the Suns to the Lakers, but emotions will likely still be running high when the veteran point guard returns to Phoenix for the first time this year.

Dec. 30 at Los Angeles Clippers - The Clippers will be major favorites, but it will be interesting to see how Bledsoe performs in his first game against the team that dealt him away this offseason. Bledsoe was a key part of the Clippers' bench last season, but now he'll be expected to carry a much larger load for Phoenix. Jared Dudley, who was part of the Bledsoe trade, will also be playing his first game against his former team.

Jan. 27 at Philadelphia 76ers - Two teams. One spot for the most ping-pong balls in the 2014 NBA Draft lottery and the best chance at Andrew Wiggins. A "Wiggins-off," if you will. This could be the Suns' best chance at a road win all year. It should be a thriller!

Tough tests

The Suns' longest road trip of the year is five games in early January, featuring games against teams that should all be in the playoff hunt and a pair of back-to-backs. Phoenix has another difficult five-game stretch around the All-Star break with matchups against the Bulls, Rockets, Warriors and Heat coming before the break -- and a trip to Denver to play the Nuggets coming immediately after.

Easiest stretches

It's kind of hard to say anything will be "easy" for the Suns this year, but there's one four-game stretch which could prove a bit less challenging. It comes at the beginning of the season in November and includes a home-and-home against the Sacramento Kings before games against the Charlotte Bobcats and Orlando Magic.

Important schedule facts

Back-to-backs: 18

Season and home opener: Oct. 30 vs. Blazers

Longest road trip: Five games from Jan. 7-13

Longest homestand: Five games from Jan. 15-24

Full 2013-14 schedule

OCTOBER
Portland Wednesday, October 30 2013 10:00 PM EDT coverage
NOVEMBER
Utah Friday, November 01 2013 10:00 PM EDT coverage
Oklahoma City Sunday, November 03 2013 7:00 PM EST coverage
New Orleans Tuesday, November 05 2013 8:00 PM EST coverage
San Antonio Wednesday, November 06 2013 8:30 PM EST coverage
Denver Friday, November 08 2013 9:00 PM EST coverage
New Orleans Sunday, November 10 2013 8:00 PM EST coverage
Portland Wednesday, November 13 2013 10:00 PM EST coverage
Brooklyn Friday, November 15 2013 9:00 PM EST coverage
Sacramento Tuesday, November 19 2013 10:00 PM EST coverage
Sacramento Wednesday, November 20 2013 9:00 PM EST coverage
Charlotte Friday, November 22 2013 7:00 PM EST coverage
Orlando Sunday, November 24 2013 6:00 PM EST coverage
Miami Monday, November 25 2013 7:30 PM EST coverage
Portland Wednesday, November 27 2013 9:00 PM EST coverage
Utah Friday, November 29 2013 9:00 PM EST coverage
Utah Saturday, November 30 2013 9:00 PM EST coverage
DECEMBER
Memphis Tuesday, December 03 2013 8:00 PM EST coverage
Houston Wednesday, December 04 2013 8:00 PM EST coverage
Toronto Friday, December 06 2013 9:00 PM EST coverage
Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday, December 10 2013 10:30 PM EST coverage
Sacramento Friday, December 13 2013 9:00 PM EST coverage
Golden State Sunday, December 15 2013 8:00 PM EST coverage
San Antonio Wednesday, December 18 2013 9:00 PM EST coverage
Denver Friday, December 20 2013 9:00 PM EST coverage
Dallas Saturday, December 21 2013 9:00 PM EST coverage
Los Angeles Lakers Monday, December 23 2013 9:00 PM EST coverage
Golden State Friday, December 27 2013 10:30 PM EST coverage
Philadelphia Saturday, December 28 2013 9:00 PM EST coverage
Los Angeles Clippers Monday, December 30 2013 10:30 PM EST coverage
JANUARY
Memphis Thursday, January 02 2014 9:00 PM EST coverage
Milwaukee Saturday, January 04 2014 9:00 PM EST coverage
Chicago Tuesday, January 07 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
Minnesota Wednesday, January 08 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
Memphis Friday, January 10 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
Detroit Saturday, January 11 2014 7:30 PM EST coverage
New York Monday, January 13 2014 7:30 PM EST coverage
Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday, January 15 2014 9:00 PM EST coverage
Dallas Friday, January 17 2014 9:00 PM EST coverage
Denver Sunday, January 19 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
Indiana Wednesday, January 22 2014 9:00 PM EST coverage
Washington Friday, January 24 2014 9:00 PM EST coverage
Cleveland Sunday, January 26 2014 6:00 PM EST coverage
Philadelphia Monday, January 27 2014 7:00 PM EST coverage
Milwaukee Wednesday, January 29 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
Indiana Thursday, January 30 2014 7:00 PM EST coverage
FEBRUARY
Charlotte Saturday, February 01 2014 9:00 PM EST coverage
Chicago Tuesday, February 04 2014 9:00 PM EST coverage
Houston Wednesday, February 05 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
Golden State Saturday, February 08 2014 9:00 PM EST coverage
Miami Tuesday, February 11 2014 9:00 PM EST coverage
Denver Tuesday, February 18 2014 9:00 PM EST coverage
Boston Wednesday, February 19 2014 9:00 PM EST coverage
San Antonio Friday, February 21 2014 9:00 PM EST coverage
Houston Sunday, February 23 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
Minnesota Tuesday, February 25 2014 9:00 PM EST coverage
Utah Wednesday, February 26 2014 9:00 PM EST coverage
New Orleans Friday, February 28 2014 10:30 PM EST coverage
MARCH
Atlanta Sunday, March 02 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday, March 04 2014 9:00 PM EST coverage
Oklahoma City Thursday, March 06 2014 9:00 PM EST coverage
Golden State Sunday, March 09 2014 9:00 PM EDT coverage
Los Angeles Clippers Monday, March 10 2014 10:30 PM EDT coverage
Cleveland Wednesday, March 12 2014 10:00 PM EDT coverage
Boston Friday, March 14 2014 7:30 PM EDT coverage
Toronto Sunday, March 16 2014 1:00 PM EDT coverage
Brooklyn Monday, March 17 2014 7:30 PM EDT coverage
Orlando Wednesday, March 19 2014 10:00 PM EDT coverage
Detroit Friday, March 21 2014 10:00 PM EDT coverage
Minnesota Sunday, March 23 2014 3:30 PM EDT coverage
Atlanta Monday, March 24 2014 7:30 PM EDT coverage
Washington Wednesday, March 26 2014 7:00 PM EDT coverage
New York Friday, March 28 2014 10:00 PM EDT coverage
Los Angeles Lakers Sunday, March 30 2014 9:30 PM EDT coverage
APRIL
Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday, April 02 2014 10:00 PM EDT coverage
Portland Friday, April 04 2014 10:00 PM EDT coverage
Oklahoma City Sunday, April 06 2014 9:00 PM EDT coverage
New Orleans Wednesday, April 09 2014 8:00 PM EDT coverage
San Antonio Friday, April 11 2014 8:30 PM EDT coverage
Dallas Saturday, April 12 2014 8:30 PM EDT coverage
Memphis Monday, April 14 2014 10:00 PM EDT coverage
Sacramento Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:30 PM EDT coverage

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