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Houston Rockets: 3 most difficult stretches of the 2019-20 season

James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets is guarded by Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets is guarded by Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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On Monday, the NBA released the schedule for all 30 teams. Let’s examine the three most difficult stretches of the Houston Rockets’ season.

Now that the main part of free agency is about a month behind us, the NBA has entered its quiet period. However, the league did recently release each team’s schedule, and our Houston Rockets will start the season on Oct. 24 against the reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.

The NBA has reworked some portions of the schedule to make the regular season easier for both the players and the fans. For the players, the average number of back-to-backs has been decreased from 13.3 per team last season to just four per team this season and no team will play four games over a stretch of five nights.

For the fans, the NBA will air most of its nationally televised games earlier in the evening. Last season, ESPN and TNT had a combined 57 double-headers that started at the usual 8 PM/10:30 PM ET. This season, the number of total double-headers on those networks starting at that time will be decreased to 33. The other 34 double-headers will begin at either 7/9:30 PM or 7:30/10 PM ET.

This change will allow people on the east coast to catch more of the second game before heading to bed for school or work the next morning on week nights. I have always thought that the league started the second game a bit too late for those on central or eastern time to watch the entire game and still get a good nights rest and it’s surprising that it took the league this long to make a change.

While the NBA has tried to make a lot of parts of the schedule easier, the Rockets will still have to get through a few difficult stretches in the season. After taking a peak of the schedule, I have compiled a list of the three most difficult stretches of the 2019-20 season for the Houston Rockets. Let’s get started.

Next: No. 3: Nov 13-22

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