Whether you have tickets to the games or not, here are some key matchups you'll want to catch this season.
Can’t miss games from a seat at the Q
Don’t have season tickets? Here’s a game a month for an NBA fan to check out in person.
Oct. 31 – DALLAS: It’s the opener and the lone visit by MVP Dirk Nowitzki and company. The Mavs have plenty to prove after last year’s playoff flop.
Nov. 27 – BOSTON: The new-look Celtics arrive for the first time. Kevin Garnett’s preseason triple-double against the Cavaliers shows just how versatile he is with talent around him.
Dec. 20 – L.A. LAKERS: The biggest question about this game: Will Kobe Bryant still be a Laker? If he is, LeBron vs. Kobe always has promise.
Jan. 25 – PHOENIX: The Cavaliers had no answers for the Suns last year. Will that change this year?
Feb. 10 – DENVER: Year 5 of LeBron vs. Carmelo gets a new twist — Allen Iverson. The Nuggets need to avoid a slow start or George Karl could be out as coach by this time.
Feb. 13 – SAN ANTONIO: OK, we’re cheating with two games this month. Consider a Valentine’s Gift. Of course, if the Cavs are not playing better by then, this becomes the Valentine’s Day Massacre.
March 19 – DETROIT: With the season winding down, the Pistons make their first visit of the regular season. They return for the final game of the regular season a month later, April 16.
Apr. 13 – MIAMI: D-Wade and Shaq, if both healthy, should help make for entertaining Sunday matinee in the penultimate home game.
Can’t-miss games from a seat on the couch
Order a pizza, DVR anything else worth watching and enjoy these Cavalier road games on TV.
Nov. 6 – GOLDEN STATE (FSN Ohio): It’s the second of a six-game trip out West that sets an early tone to the season. Coming two days after a visit to Phoenix, the Cavs may need to win this one to build momentum. Plus, if Baron Davis is on his game, the Warriors are a joy to watch.
Dec. 27 – DALLAS (TNT): Two days after Christmas, here’s another gift: LeBron and Dirk on the floor. The Chuckster, Kenny and Ernie in the studio. Gold.
Jan. 17 – SAN ANTONIO (TNT): See above, except substitute Duncan for Dirk, and of course, there’s that whole Finals rematch thing.
Feb. 27 – BOSTON (FSN Ohio): If the Celtics live up the hype and the Cavs come around, this could be one of those midseason games that heats up a midwinter night.
March 17 – ORLANDO (FSN Ohio): Does the frontcourt duo of the ever-improving Dwight Howard and sharpshooting Rashard Lewis make the Magic for real? Find out.
Apr. 11 – CHICAGO (ESPN, FSN Ohio): Who knows: A division title could be on the line as the season enters its final six days.
-- The Repository