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Top 15 Most Important NBA Games Next Season

We are a little more than 2 months away from the NBA regular season starting back up. On October 25th we as fans are getting treated to a follow up to one of the best seasons of all time. Last year we saw a team have the best regular season of all time lose in the finals. We saw a player voted unanimous MVP for the first time in history. We saw not one, but two teams come back from 3-1 down to win a series in the playoffs. And strangest of all, we saw Cleveland win a championship.

The offseason was defined by major player changes and the league becoming more top heavy than it has ever been before. We lost some major players from last year’s playoffs, and the contenders just got better.

When the schedules were released, every fan looked to see when their team was going to play the Warriors. They want to believe that they will be this year’s Trail Blazers as the only team to humiliate the big-bad Warriors during the regular season. Normally the regular season is just a long trailer for the playoffs, but last year generated a ton of storylines that are genuinely interesting still. What will the Timberwolves be like this year? How will the Spurs play without Duncan? Will the Warriors win 74? Awesome stories that won’t affect the playoffs too much. We are pumped for the season to start, and here are the most important games on the schedule.

15 15. October 25th – Spurs @ Warriors 

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14 14. November 23rd – Lakers @ Warriors

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13 13. April 9th – Raptors @ Knicks

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12 12. November 3rd – Celtics @ Cavaliers

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11 11. October 28th – Raptors @ Cavaliers

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10 10. November 9th – Mavericks @ Warriors

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9 9. January 13th – Celtics @ Hawks

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8 8. March 5th – Pacers @ Hawks

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7 7. December 7th – Warriors @ Clippers

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6 6. December 16th – Lakers @ 76ers

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5 5. November 4th – Knicks @ Bulls

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4 4. February 2nd – Hawks @ Rockets

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3 3. December 25th – Warriors @ Cavaliers

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2 2. December 10th – Bulls @ Heat

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1 1. February 11th – Warriors @ Thunder

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The story of the year has been and will continue to be Kevin Durant’s decision to leave the Thunder and join the Warriors. Some people praised his choice as a “great basketball decision,” while others called him a coward, and Thunder fans called him a traitor. Whatever you called him, the point is that you talked about him. Last year when the Warriors and Thunder met in the playoffs, the Thunder gained a commanding 3-1 lead, but then Durant and Russell Westbrook had a historic collapse and found themselves out of the playoffs. Westbrook wanted to get revenge for being beat and re-upped his deal with the Thunder, Durant went with the “if you can’t beat them join them” route. According to Westbrook, KD never told him about his plan or even let him know before the media found out, which is a low blow for someone that was supposed to be a good friend. However, it is the fans that truly suffer from this as they lose one of the best players in the world, and watch him join the team that humiliated them. Once KD hits the floor in Oklahoma he will be showered with warranted boos, his old teammates will give him the cold shoulder, and just maybe someone will kick Draymond Green in the man-parts. Let the countdown begin.

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