National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver announced in July that the 2017-18 regular season would begin earlier than normal. Opening night for the “Association” has typically been in the neighborhood of Halloween night, the final week of October, but the 2017 regular slate debut is eight days earlier than the 2016-17 season started. The first night for games that count takes play on Tuesday night with an exciting TNT doubleheader that features the Boston Celtics at the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Houston Rockets visiting the Golden State Warriors.
The decision to start next season earlier has been in the works for some time and is primarily due to the issue of coaches resting players more than in past campaigns. Silver and his staff have scheduled less back-to-back games this season..
The 2017–18 campaign will be the 72nd for the National Basketball Association and following the opening night TNT double-dip on Tuesday, October 17, the league offers up eleven games on Wednesday, October 18th.
While the commissioner outlined his concern with back-to-back games both visitors from opening night, the Boston Celtics and the Houston Rockets ,have back-to-back games on the first two night’s of the slate. The Rockets have the difficult task of playing the role of visitor in two straight season openers, at Golden State followed by a date in Sacramento against the Kings.
The official website of the National Basketball Association has outlined the following as “Key dates for the 2017-18 NBA season?
Global Games – China (Shenzhen, China)
Global Games – China (Pudong, Shanghai, China)
Regular Season Begins
Global Games – Mexico (Mexico City)
Global Games – London (London, England, UK)
NBA All-Star Weekend (Los Angeles, CA)
Last day of regular season
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