Like all NBA teams, the Houston Rockets on Wednesday announced their complete schedule for the 2022-23 regular season. And this year, the young squad did it with some extra flair.
When the schedule dropped at 2 p.m. CDT, the Rockets announced it via a release video on social media, which featured nearly the entire roster taking on acting roles from Toyota Center and beyond. Coaches, executives and broadcasters got in on the action, as well.
It was a clever twist to what is often a mundane process. Even recently drafted rookies Jabari Smith Jr., Tari Eason and TyTy Washington were in on the action. Here’s a look at the team-produced video, and scroll on for the team’s official schedule announcement.
The announcement includes specific dates and tipoff times for all 2022-23 games, including four nationally televised contests.
The Houston Rockets today announced their schedule for the 2022-23 regular season, which celebrates their 55th anniversary as an NBA franchise.
AT&T SportsNet will broadcast the entire 82 game schedule, with ESPN also showcasing the Rockets game at Sacramento on Jan. 11 and NBA TV picking up an additional three games. All games will be available on the radio broadcast home of the Houston Rockets, SportsTalk 790 KBME and NewsRadio 740 KTRH, as well as in Spanish on TUDN 93.3 FM.
Tickets for Rockets home games are available to purchase by visiting Rockets.com.
The Rockets will open the season at Atlanta on Oct. 19 before playing their home opener vs. Memphis on Oct. 21. Ten of Houston’s first 13 games will be on the road, including two four-game trips. That ties for the most road games by any team through the first 13 games of a season in NBA history.
From mid-November through Christmas, Houston will play 13 of 19 games at Toyota Center, including a four-game homestand from Nov. 18-26 and a season-high seven straight home games from Dec. 11-23. In December, the Rockets will host six of the eight teams which advanced to the conference semifinals last season, including Philadelphia on Dec. 5.
The Rockets will play eight of 12 on the road from Dec. 26 through Jan. 16, culminating with back-to-back games at the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers. Coming off of that trip, eight of Houston’s next 11 games will be at home before playing a season-high tying five straight on the road from Feb. 10-26, broken up by NBA All-Star Weekend in Salt Lake City (Feb. 17-19).
Over a span from Feb. 28 through March 20, Houston will play 10 of 12 at Toyota Center, concluding with a six-game homestand which includes games vs. Boston, the Lakers and Golden State. The Rockets will play seven of their last 10 games on the road, including the season finale at Washington on April 9.
The Rockets have 13 sets of back-to-back games this season, including two within the first eight games and four in March. Four of the back-to-backs feature both games at Toyota Center while four take place in different cities on the road.
Houston will play each NBA team at least once at home and once on the road this season. It will play Western Conference opponents four times (twice home and away), except for the following: the Los Angeles Lakers (2 home, 1 road), Phoenix (1 home, 2 road), Portland (1 home, 2 road) and Utah (2 home, 1 road).
As a daily breakdown, the Rockets have 16 games on Monday (9 home), five on Tuesday (4 home), 18 on Wednesday (8 home), six on Thursday (3 home), 14 on Friday (7 home), 12 on Saturday (4 home) and 11 on Sunday (6 home).