Here is Part II of NBN’s three-part series, which breaks down the Brooklyn Nets’ 2016-17 regular season schedule.
You can view Part I in its entirety here.
Part II will pick up where Part I left off, beginning with December 23, and spanning 27 games.
The Warriors game which ended Part I is the first of a back-to-back. Brooklyn will host the Warriors on Thursday, December 22, and then travel to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers on Friday, December 23. In a 24-hour span, the Nets will have taken on both teams from the 2016 NBA finals, and travel nearly 1,000 miles to Cleveland and back to Brooklyn.
The Warriors game is the beginning of a tough stretch for the Nets. Brooklyn will take on the Warriors and Cavs, then face the Hornets, Bulls, Wizards, Jazz, Pacers and Cavs once again. The last two games of that stretch, the Pacers and Cavaliers, is also a back-to-back.
As a whole, the month of January consists of four back-to-backs for Brooklyn. The aforementioned Indiana-Cleveland back-to-back is the first, but the Nets have three others in the first month of 2017. Brooklyn also has New Orleans and Toronto (home/away) on January 12 and 13. The Nets then have New Orleans and Charlotte (away/away) on January 20 and 21. And finally, they cap off their back-to-backs with Cleveland and Minnesota (away/away) on January 27 and 28. Brooklyn will close the month of January on a short three-game road trip, consisting of Cleveland, Minnesota and Miami.
Some of the notable matchups of January for Brooklyn will be the Cavs (twice), the Pacers, and the Spurs. They’ll also face the Raptors twice, the Rockets once, and will see the young Timberwolves toward the end of the month. Also, Brooklyn will welcome back their former point guard, Jarrett Jack, and the Atlanta Hawks on January 10.
To tip February off, the Nets will host the New York Knicks. This marks the beginning of a three-game home stand, which will also see Brooklyn host the Pacers and Raptors. Brooklyn may not face what is considered an elite team in this stretch, but they’ll face many good teams to start February. The first five games of the month are the Knicks, Pacers, Raptors, Hornets and Wizards. In that short stretch, Charlotte and Washington is a back-to-back.
As usual with the All-Star festivities, February is a shorter month. Brooklyn will play just 10 games in the month of February, and Part II of our series wraps up after the seventh game of February. On that day, February 13, Brooklyn hosts the Memphis Grizzlies.
Over the 27 games that span Part II of this series, Brooklyn will face many solid teams, and teams that figure to be playing in June, as well. As a whole, this could be a tough two months for the Nets. However, that is said prior to seeing the 2016-17 iteration of the Nets on the floor as a unit. If this team meshes well and gets consistent play out of their veterans, Brooklyn may play spoiler from time to time.
Stay tuned for the third and final segment of NBN’s breakdown of Brooklyn’s 2016-17 schedule.