Phoenix Suns 2012-13 schedule released

Posted by on July 26th, 9:07 pm

The Phoenix Suns’ 2012-13 schedule was released today. For the Suns, this season will be about new faces in old uniforms and old faces in new uniforms. This new-look team will have to find its identity quickly if it wants to contend in the always stacked Western Conference. They’re going to run into some familiar faces along the way. Here are the schedule highlights (and lowlights depending on how you feel about a certain Canadian wearing purple and gold.)

  • The Suns open the season on Halloween night at home against the Golden State Warriors.
  • Phoenix will play against Steve Nash for the first time in Los Angeles on Nov. 18. Nash won’t make his return to Phoenix until Jan. 30, however. That game will be shown on ESPN.
  • The Suns will visit Grant Hill and the Clippers for the first time on Dec. 8. Grant will make a return trip to the desert two days before Christmas.
  • Former Rockets Goran Dragic and Luis Scola won’t have Houston homecoming until March 9. It’s not likely to be much of a reunion, however, as the Rockets seem to have changed everything about their franchise except the name of the arena. The Suns and Rockets will play each other four times in the last five weeks of the season.
  • The Suns will host Eric Gordon, No. 1 pick Anthony Davis, and Robin Lopez/Hakim Warrick on Nov. 23. It will be interesting to see the reaction that Gordon gets in Phoenix, especially after announcing that the Suns were his preferred landing spot this offseason.
  • The Suns’ road schedule isn’t awful. They’ll have only one road trip longer than four games. That is a six-games-in-10-days stretch beginning in late November where Phoenix will visit Philadelphia, Cleveland, Detroit, Toronto, New York, and Memphis.
  • The Suns will visit Brooklyn for the first time on Jan.11.
  • Phoenix has 19 back-to-backs this year. And although there won’t be any back-to-back-to-backs, the Suns will play four games in five nights twice in the month of January.
  • The champion Miami Heat will come to Phoenix for the first time since the 2010-11 season on Nov. 17.
  • The Suns will play the Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder four times, including a home-and-home Feb. 8 and 10. They will play the Thunder on New Year’s Eve for the second consecutive year.
  • Phoenix will play each of its Pacific Division counterparts four times. The Suns will play every other Western team at least three times and every Eastern team twice.
  • The Suns will be on TNT twice. They’ll host the Dallas Mavericks on Dec. 6, and Chris Paul and the Clippers on Jan. 24.
  • ESPN will broadcast the Suns only once (for Nash’s return). NBA TV will show two Suns games. The first is a clash at home against the Lin-less Knicks the day after Christmas. The second is a late-season matchup against the Indiana Pacers. Amazingly, all the Suns’ nationally televised games will be at home.

How Phoenix’s season will turn out is something we’ll discuss at length in the coming months. For now, the release of the schedule brings hope to hoops fans that the dog days of summer (and having nothing to watch but baseball) are nearly over. The NBA’s return is just around the corner. Here’s the Suns’ complete schedule:

Date
Opponent
Time (MST)/Result
TV
W-L
Wed, Oct 31Golden StateL 85-87FSA0-1
Fri, Nov 2DetroitW 92-89FSA1-1
Sun, Nov 4at OrlandoL 94-115FSA1-2
Mon, Nov 5at MiamiL 99-124FSA1-3
Wed, Nov 7at CharlotteW 117-110FSA2-3
Fri, Nov 9ClevelandW 107-105FSA3-3
Sat, Nov 10at UtahL 81-94FSA3-4
Mon, Nov 12DenverW 110-100FSA4-4
Wed, Nov 14ChicagoL 106-112 OTFSA4-5
Fri, Nov 16at LA LakersL 102-114FSA4-6
Sat, Nov 17MiamiL 88-97FSA4-7
Wed, Nov 21PortlandW 114-87FSA5-7
Fri, Nov 23New OrleansW 111-108 OTFSA6-7
Sun, Nov 25at PhiladelphiaL 101-104FSA6-8
Tue, Nov 27at ClevelandW 91-78FSA7-8
Wed, Nov 28at DetroitL 77-117FSA7-9
Fri, Nov 30at TorontoL 97-101FSA7-10
Sun, Dec 2at New YorkL 99-106FSA7-11
Tue, Dec 4at MemphisL 98-108 OTFSA7-12
Thu, Dec 6DallasL 94-97TNT7-13
Sat, Dec 8at LA ClippersL 99-117FSA7-14
Sun, Dec 9OrlandoL 90-98FSA7-15
Wed, Dec 12Memphis W 82-80FSA8-15
Fri, Dec 14UtahW 99-84FSA9-15
Mon, Dec 17SacramentoW 101-90FSA10-15
Wed, Dec 19CharlotteW 121-104FSA11-15
Sat, Dec 22at PortlandL 93-96FSA/NBA TV11-16
Sun, Dec 23LA ClippersL 77-103FSA11-17
Wed, Dec 26New YorkL 97-99FSA/NBA TV11-18
Fri, Dec 28at IndianaL 91-97FSA11-19
Sat, Dec 29at MinnesotaL 107-111FSA11-20
Mon, Dec 31at Oklahoma CityL 96-114FSA11-21
Wed, Jan 2PhiladelphiaW 95-89FSA12-21
Fri, Jan 4UtahL 80-87FSA12-22
Sun, Jan 6MemphisL 81-92FSA12-23
Tue, Jan 8at MilwaukeeL 99-108FSA12-24
Wed, Jan 9at BostonL 79-87FSA12-25
Fri, Jan 11at BrooklynL 79-99FSA12-26
Sat, Jan 12at ChicagoW 97-81FSA13-26
Mon, Jan 14Oklahoma CityL 90-102FSA13-27
Thu, Jan 17MilwaukeeL 94-98FSA13-28
Wed, Jan 23at SacramentoW 106-96FSA14-28
Thu, Jan 24LA ClippersW 93-88TNT15-28
Sat, Jan 26at San AntonioL 99-108FSA15-29
Sun, Jan 27at DallasL 95-110FSA15-30
Wed, Jan 30LA LakersW 92-86ESPN/FSA16-30
Fri, Feb 1DallasL 99-109FSA16-31
Sat, Feb 2at Golden StateL 93-113FSA16-32
Tue, Feb 5at MemphisW 96-90FSA17-32
Wed, Feb 6at New OrleansL 84-93FSA17-33
Fri, Feb 8at Oklahoma CityL 96-127FSA17-34
Sun, Feb 10Oklahoma CityL 69-97FSA17-35
Tue, Feb 12at LA LakersL 85-91FSA17-36
Tue, Feb 19at PortlandW 102-98FSA18-36
Wed, Feb 20at Golden StateL 98-108FSA18-37
Fri, Feb 22BostonL 88-113FSA18-38
Sun, Feb 24San AntonioL 87-97FSA18-39
Tue, Feb 26MinnesotaW 84-83 (OT)FSA19-39
Wed, Feb 27at San AntonioW 105-101 (OT)FSA20-39
Fri, Mar 1AtlantaW 92-87FSA21-39
Wed, Mar 6TorontoL 98-71FSA21-40
Fri, Mar 8at SacramentoL 112-121FSA21-41
Sat, Mar 9HoustonW 107-105FSA22-41
Mon, Mar 11DenverL 93-108FSA22-42
Wed, Mar 13at HoustonL 81-111FSA22-43
Fri, Mar 15at AtlantaL 94-107FSA22-44
Sat, Mar 16at WashingtonL 105-127FSA22-45
Mon, Mar 18LA LakersW 99-76FSA23-45
Wed, Mar 20WashingtonL 79-88FSA23-46
Fri, Mar 22MinnesotaL 86-117FSA23-47
Sun, Mar 22BrooklynL 100-102FSA23-48
Wed, Mar 27at UtahL 88-103FSA23-49
Thu, Mar 28SacramentoL 103-117FSA23-50
Sat, Mar 30IndianaL 104-112FSA/NBA TV23-51
Wed, Apr 3at LA ClippersL 101-126FSA23-52
Fri, Apr 5Golden StateL 107-111FSA23-53
Sun, Apr 7New OrleansL 92-95FSA23-54
Tue, Apr 9at HoustonL 98-101FSA23-55
Wed, Apr 10at DallasW 102-91FSA24-55
Sat, Apr 13at MinnesotaL 93-105FSA24-56
Mon, Apr 15HoustonW 119-112FSA25-56
Wed, Apr 17at DenverL 98-118FSA25-57

Ryan Weisert

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 steve // Jul 26, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    The fewer TNT games the better.

  • 2 Rossboss // Jul 26, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    There is two espn games

  • 3 Scott // Jul 26, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Maybe the 2nd ESPN game is a typo.

  • 4 Michael Schwartz // Jul 26, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Yeah, my mistake, either the schedule I was going off was wrong or I just read it wrong. The Feb. 1 Dallas game is not on ESPN, only the Nash return game. The VotS schedule has since been fixed.

  • 5 Mikey // Jul 27, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Great news! Now my league pass will only be blocked out five times for the whole season. The only exception is if they are voted the fan game of the week on nba tv. Besides that, there will be much less blacking out for me than last year.

  • 6 Rich Anthony, (KJL) // Jul 27, 2012 at 2:14 am

    Going to do my best to be at those first 2 home games.

    Might have to steal Schwartz’s credentials.

  • 7 Andres // Jul 27, 2012 at 6:07 am

    We should’nt be worried about having back to back anymore as we no longer have players that are 38 & 39 yrs old

  • 8 Jason A. // Jul 27, 2012 at 7:03 am

    I was supposed to fly home from Vegas on 1/30, now I know I’m flying to Phoenix for the night. Michael, can we put up a poll: boo Steve or cheer Steve. I’m flying in just so I can boo his ass.

  • 9 steve // Jul 27, 2012 at 7:48 am

    @Jason A.

    I would like to know the result of that poll as well. I will boo him, but only because I boo anyone who wears purple and gold. It’s not because I hold anything against Nash.

    Once Nash retires, he’s a Sun for life. This Laker stint will be short-lived and forgotten in the long run (unless he wins a championship, which I doubt). Once he takes off that purple and gold, I’ll only remember the good he did for the purple and orange.

  • 10 Jason A. // Jul 27, 2012 at 7:56 am

    @Steve

    I couldn’t agree more. If it was any other team, I’d fly in to be there for his first game back and I would have cheered him until I lost my voice. I would have followed his new team and pulled for them all year long, and then would have rooted for them in the playoffs. But not the lakers. All of that goes away with the lakers. That’s the one team he can’t go to.

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