Suns Announce 2011-12 Regular Season Schedule
The Phoenix Suns today announced the club’s regular season schedule for its 44th NBA season, which will tip-off Nov. 2 at US Airways Center against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Suns open the 2011-12 campaign with three-straight games against Western Conference rivals, all three of which were playoff teams a season ago. Phoenix follows its opening night contest against the Thunder with a Friday night tilt against the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 4, and then hosts the Portland Trail Blazers on Sun., Nov. 6 to complete its opening week. All told, Phoenix will play 12 of its first 17 games against 2010-11 playoff squads.
The Suns follow their opening homestand with a season-long six-game road trip from Nov. 8-16 that will take the club to Memphis, Minnesota, Indiana, Milwaukee, Detroit and Toronto. Phoenix’s schedule includes five road trips of four games or more (Jan. 17-22, Feb. 11-17, March 20-25, April 9-14).
The Suns’ 41-game home slate includes a balanced weekend to week schedule with 23 weekend games. Phoenix will play nine home games on Friday, five on Saturday, and nine on Sunday. The home schedule also includes a season-long nine-game homestand from March 2-18, which includes the second and final visit from the NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks, and the season’s lone visit from the Boston Celtics.
The Suns’ 13 total national television dates include eight appearances on ESPN, two on TNT, and three on NBA TV. The national television slate consists of some of the league’s top teams, including the Lakers (Feb. 17), Mavericks (March 8), Celtics (Jan. 20, March 12), Chicago Bulls (Nov. 18) and Orlando Magic (Dec. 9).
Phoenix will conclude the season by playing 12 of its final 17 games on the road. The Suns will also play 15 back-to-back sets overall, one fewer than 2010-11.
Al McCoy begins his 40th season calling action on flagship station Sports 620 KTAR. FOX Sports Arizona, which has telecast regular season home games for the last eight seasons, enters its first season as the exclusive television home of the Suns, both at home and on the road. This season the Suns will once again televise the entire season in High Definition (HD).
Most home games start at 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with a 6 p.m. tip-time for Sunday home starts (exceptions are nationally-televised games).
Check out Suns.com for a special ticket deal that comes with the announcing of the schedule.