Sixers' 2013-14 schedule is released

ASSOCIATED PRESS LeBron James and the Miami Heat will be the Sixers' Opening Night opponent.
ASSOCIATED PRESS LeBron James and the Miami Heat will be the Sixers' Opening Night opponent.
Posted: August 08, 2013

READY OR NOT, here it comes. The NBA doesn't seem to care that the 76ers are still without a head coach, as it released the schedule for the upcoming season, one the Sixers most certainly will play with someone at the helm.

The two-time defending champion Miami Heat will be the 76ers' first opponent when they visit the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday, Oct. 30. The Heat and the Chicago Bulls will kick off the NBA season 2 nights earlier in Miami.

The Sixers will play seven of their first nine games at home, and will welcome Chicago, Golden State, Washington, Cleveland, San Antonio and Houston, in addition to the Heat.

That means in the first 2 weeks of the season, the Sixers will host the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh (Heat), Derrick Rose (Bulls), Steph Curry (Warriors), Andrew Bynum and Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers), Tim Duncan and Tony Parker (Spurs) and Dwight Howard (Rockets).

They will meet up with former teammate Jrue Holiday on Nov. 16 in New Orleans, before Holiday returns to Philly on Friday, Nov. 29, with his Pelicans teammates. After the first nine games of the season, the team will be on the road for 16 of its next 24 games.

The high-flying Los Angeles Clippers will make their lone stop to the WFC on Monday, Dec. 9, while the totally revamped Brooklyn Nets make their first visit on Friday, Dec. 20. Later that month, the Sixers will embark on their annual holiday road trip (as the "Disney on Ice" show takes over the WFC), which will begin in Milwaukee on Saturday, Dec. 21. The six-game trip will include games at Phoenix, the Lakers, Denver, Sacramento and Portland. After that trip ends on Wednesday, Jan. 4, the Sixers will play nine of the remaining 14 games in January at home. A three-game trip out West in February (Clippers, Golden State, Utah) will take the Sixers to the All-Star break. The All-Star Game will be Feb. 16 in New Orleans.

Kevin Durant will bring his Oklahoma City Thunder to the WFC on Saturday, Jan. 25, while Kobe Bryant (if his surgically repaired Achilles' tendon is healed) and the Los Angeles Lakers make their lone stop on Friday, Feb. 7.

The Sixers will close out the season (perhaps mercifully) against the Heat in Miami on Wednesday, April 16, finishing out a string in which nine of their final 13 games will be on the road.


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