By ROBERT HENSLEE, SportsRadio 610

The lockout cost each NBA team 16 games from their normal 82-game schedule. But it also cost Rockets fans a chance to see some of the best teams in the league in person.

Rockets 2011-12 Season Schedule • Rockets Roster

Due to the late start to the season and a revamped schedule, both the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics planned trips to Houston have been canceled. Rockets fans will have to wait until 2012-13 to see stars like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in person.

The Rockets tip off this year’s 66 game abbreviated schedule on the road in Orlando on December 26th. They return to Houston for their home opener on Dec. 29th against their I-10 rivals, the San Antonio Spurs.

The defending champion Dallas Mavericks make their one appearance at Toyota Center March 24th. That comes just four days after Kobe Bryant and the L.A. Lakers play their only game in Houston this season, March 20th.

NBA slam dunk champion Blake Griffin will make his one appearance at Toyota Center March 4th, as the Rockets host the L.A. Clippers.

The Rockets play both the Heat and the Celtics on the road in this lockout-shortened season. They travel to Boston on March 6th. And they play at Miami in their last road game of the season, April 22nd.

The team has moved its start times for home games up from 7:30 pm to 7:00 pm this season.

All Rockets games once again will be aired on SportsRadio 610. That includes their two game preseason schedule. The Rockets will play the Spurs on Dec. 17th and Dec. 21st here on your radio home for Rockets basketball.


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