Feb 26 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Officials try to separate a fight between Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) and Golden State Warriors center David Lee (10) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Off Season 2013: Indiana Pacers Season Schedule Comes Out Tonight

Get ready NBA fans, and tune into to watch some guys talk about when teams play, and what teams get the national tv dates and what not. Yes, that’s right, tonight is the unveiling of the NBA season schedule complete with a tv special. Do we really need all that pomp and circumstance, when you know all that will be talked about is when the Miami Heat play on network television, what Christmas Day games are, and what the opening night game is. Other than that, this is just a waste of time in my mind.

Give me a printable schedule, and I’ll tell you what games to watch. I don’t even need a schedule to tell you what games to watch for. Here are those games to circle.

Any game against the Miami Heat will be a must see for Pacer fans as we want to see what this Pacers team has to offer against the defending champions. Even in regular season, it’s important to make a statement and show that they can compete and beat this team. The Pacers ON PAPER look to have the better roster up and down than the Heat. Sure, the Heat have Lebron James, and maybe that should be the deal breaker. But overall, I believe the Pacers have that more complete team that can give the Heat more problems this year than last year.

Circle games against the Chicago Bulls as we’ll see the return of Derrick Rose. Apparently. Also, this is the team that will be competing with the Indiana Pacers for the division title. I don’t think anyone else in the Central Division is at this level of the Pacers or Bulls. So it comes down to these teams, and how they’ll beat up each other throughout the year as to who comes out on top. I do think the games will be some tough physical games to watch, and it should be fun to see how Paul George plays against Derrick Rose this season.

Highlight games against the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs as tough games for the Pacers to prove themselves against the Western Conference. Sure, you could throw in the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies as tough games as well. But the Pacers struggled against the Thunder and Spurs and I want them to show that by beating the top Western Conference teams, they can compete for a title.

I have another Western Conference team to watch for and this one might surprise you, the Golden State Warriors. I don’t think any “bad blood” will exist from the last time these teams met. But David Lee and Roy Hibbert on twitter, don’t sound too fond of each other, so that could carry over into this coming season. You know what, I love it. I like some animosity between teams as the NBA has got to lovey dovey for me. Teams are all chest bumping, fist pounding, hugging each other before the games, and they all look so friendly with each other. But I was at last year’s home game against the Warriors, and that felt like a playoff game in the middle of March on a Wednesday. Just remembering that shows what kind of environment it was. It could be some fun games between these teams come this regular season.

Finally, I look forward to seeing when the Pacers tackle the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. I just lumped these teams together as I feel like they’ll be competing for those top four spots in the Eastern Conference. Plus, you’ll have that star studded team in the Nets that the Pacers could have problems with. And now Metta World Peace in New York, who will probably make a couple of stops here in Indy, where I am sure the crowd will show him that undying love they had for him. By undying love, I mean chorus of boos whenever he touches the ball. That should be fun to listen to.

Overall, just come right back after the season schedule comes out, and I’ll have plenty of commentary on it. You’ll need to let me know what games you’re looking forward to seeing, and if you’ll be attending any games this season.

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