With the NBA season just around the corner, it’s time to get excited about the upcoming Wizards season.
In addition to watching John Wall, Bradley Beal and the rest of the Wiz take the next step toward a championship, part of the fun of going to the games is watching the league’s other star players and top teams wbhen they come to town.
Here are the must-see games taking place at the Verizon Center this season:
Cavaliers at Wizards — Nov. 21 and Feb. 20
The new-look Cavs come to the nation’s capital twice this season and will undoubtedly be the hottest ticket in town both times. With LeBron James returning to his hometown team and joining up with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, Cleveland is among the favorites in the Eastern Conference. A little preseason trash-talking between John Wall and Dion Waiters already has reignited this rivarly.
Clippers at Wizards — Dec. 12
The team known as Lob City makes its only appearance in D.C. fairly early in the season, but it promises to be a star-studded show. The Clips are one of the most high-scoring and fun to watch teams in the league thanks to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. As an added bonus, any University of Maryland fans looking to get in some Duke-bashing can heckle former Blue Devil J.J. Reddick for old time’s sake.
Bulls at Wizards — Dec. 23 and Jan. 9
These two teams met in the first-round of the playoffs last season with the Wizards knocking out the Derrick Rose-less Bulls. There was some bad blood then — you might remember Nene and Jimmy Butler getting into it (see above) — and there’s already bad blood this year from when they met in the preseason. If that wasn’t enough reason to go watch these games, both the Wizards and Bulls should be contenders in the Eastern Conference.
Spurs at Wizards — Jan. 13
The reigning NBA Champion Spurs make their lone trip to Washington after the New Year. They might not be the flashiest team in the league but for true basketball fans they are a treat to watch. This also could be future Hall-of-Famer Tim Duncan’s last trip to the Verizon Center.
Thunder at Wizards — Jan. 21
Hopefully, Kevin Durant will have returned from his broken foot by the time Oklahoma City visits his hometown team. The reigning MVP and Prince George’s County native always draws a big crowd when he plays in D.C., and his looming free agency and constant rumors about playing for the Wizards down the road only add to the allure. Oh, and the Thunder will likely be one of the top teams in the NBA again this season.
Lakers at Wizards – Dec. 3
The other team from Los Angeles likely isn’t going to be very good this year, but they will still draw a large crowd in D.C. for one reason: Kobe Bryant. The aging star is nearing the end of his career and could be making one of his final trips to Washington.
Warriors at Wizards – Feb. 24
Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala have helped turn the Warriors into one of the most fun teams to watch in the NBA. With new coach Steve Kerr now leading the way, this team will likely light up the scoreboard and be a big draw everywhere they play this season.
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