COMMENTARY | The NBA schedule makers didn't think too highly of the Philadelphia 76ers this season.
This year, the Sixers have one nationally-televised game. That's right, just one.
Regardless that the league and television networks dissed the Sixers this season, there are still games on their schedule you can't miss.
Pull out your pens. Here are the seven must-watch Philadelphia 76ers games in 2013-14 to circle on your calendars.
Chicago Bulls vs. Sixers, November 2, at Wells Fargo Center. (NBATV).
The last time the Sixers saw Bulls star point guard Derrick Rose, he was laying on the court in pain holding his knee in Game 2 of the 2012 playoffs. This time, they'll watch him twisting, turning and penetrating through their defense as he works himself back into game shape after missing all of last season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Result: Loss.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Sixers, November 8, at Wells Fargo Center.
New Cleveland Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum might be the most hated guy in Philadelphia. He's the reason the Sixers stink now and have only one nationally-televised contest this season. If Bynum plays in this game, which is always a question mark, the boobirds will be in full effect at Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia. Result: Win.
Sixers vs. Brooklyn Nets, December 16, at Barclays Center.
The Nets are the polar opposites of the Sixers. With new head coach and future Basketball Hall of Fame point guard Jason Kidd on the bench, Brooklyn's going all in this season. The Nets' current roster includes: Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko. Wow. Result: Loss.
Sixers vs. Phoenix Suns, December 28, at U.S. Airways Center.
How bad are the Philadelphia 76ers? This road game in late December will be a huge indicator. Three days after Christmas and after a seven-day layoff, the well-rested Sixers face a Suns team that has a roster as laughable as theirs. If the Sixers fall in this affair, they will most likely be the worst team in the league this season. Result: Win.
Miami Heat vs. Sixers, January 17, at Wells Fargo Center.
It's the Heat's Big 3: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh vs. the Sixers' Big 3: Michael Carter-Williams, Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young. Also, this may possibly be the last time Philadelphia witnesses King James, D-Wade and Bosh (all free agents in 2014) together on the same team. Miami could score 160 points in this game. Seriously. Result: Loss.
Boston Celtics vs. Sixers, February 5, at Wells Fargo Center.
The mighty have fallen hard. One of the most storied rivalries in the NBA, and in all of sports, used to be the Celtics vs. 76ers. The days of Larry Bird vs. Dr. J are long gone, but Philly's hatred of Boston lives on. Prediction: Evan Turner is the game's MVP and gets a triple-double (24 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists) for the Sixers. Result: Win.
Sixers vs. San Antonio Spurs, March 24, at AT&T Center.
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, hopefully, might rest two of his stars, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, for his team's playoff run, which could make things more competitive against his former assistant and now 76ers head coach Brett Brown. But, late in the game, it probably won't matter. The Spurs are too good. And the Sixers, unfortunately for Brown, are too bad. Result: Loss.
For more agony, click here to view the Philadelphia 76ers' complete 2013-14 schedule.
Dwayne C. Nelson lives in Philadelphia and has been a Sixers follower since the days of Julius Erving, Maurice Cheeks, Moses Malone, Andrew Toney and Bobby Jones. Follow him on twitter at dcntweets .
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