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Houston (CBS Houston) – The NBA announced their 2013-2014 schedules Tuesday and for the Houston Rockets what a difference a year, oh and a big free-agent signing can make.

One year ago, the Rockets were just trying to get national attention for television coverage and now with the arrival of Dwight Howard, the Rockets will make at least 26 appearances on national television outlets during the 2013-14 season.  Last year schedule came out, which didn’t have any ABC or TNT games, before James Harden was acquired from Oklahoma City, so his presence on the roster is also credited for their boom in coverage.

The schedule includes the Rockets “taking their talents to South Beach” March 16th, which will be televised on ABC.  The team is also one of the six that have a maximum 10 appearances on ESPN and at least nine games on TNT.  In addition, they have at least six games, plus as many as three additional games to be determined, that will air on NBA TV, but those games will be blacked out within a 75-mile radius of Houston.

This announcement of the national televised schedule is also refreshing to those displaced fans that haven’t been able to watch last season due to the limited availability of Comcast SportsNet Houston.

One of the more notable matchups will be Houston’s national TV game Christmas Day at San Antonio on ESPN.  Dwight Howard will face his former team, the Lakers on TNT, November 7th here at Toyota Center; also Harden will go against the Thunder, January 16th game here at Toyota Center on TNT.

Many fans and the city of Houston have waited many years to be this excited about the Rockets upcoming season and the first few games might just play into that excitement.  The Rockets were handed a lighter schedule to begin the season, which will boost interest and expectations, their opponents being the Charlotte Bobcats, Dallas Mavericks and the Utah Jazz.

With that said, be patient with the ups and downs of this squad who haven’t played one game just yet.   Fans always ask for more national coverage and they got it, now the Rockets need to stay on the radar for their success this upcoming season.

2013-14 schedule (Information Provided By: NBA.com)

Upcoming Games

October Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Radio
Wed 30 vs Charlotte

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM
November Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Radio
Fri 1 vs Dallas

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM
Sat 2 @ Utah

EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
8:00 PM
Mon 4 @ L.A. Clippers

Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
9:30 PM NBATV
Tue 5 @ Portland

Rose Garden, Portland, OR
9:00 PM
Thu 7 vs L.A. Lakers

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
8:30 PM broadcast TNT Rockets Will Have At Least 26 Games Televised Nationally
Sat 9 vs L.A. Clippers

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM
Mon 11 vs Toronto

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM
Wed 13 @ Philadelphia

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
6:00 PM
Thu 14 @ New York

Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
7:00 PM broadcast TNT Rockets Will Have At Least 26 Games Televised Nationally
Sat 16 vs Denver

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM
Tue 19 vs Boston

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM
Wed 20 @ Dallas

American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
8:30 PM broadcast ESPN Rockets Will Have At Least 26 Games Televised Nationally
Sat 23 vs Minnesota

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM
Mon 25 @ Memphis

FedExForum, Memphis, TN
7:00 PM
Wed 27 vs Atlanta

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM
Fri 29 vs Brooklyn

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM
Sat 30 @ San Antonio

AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
7:30 PM
December Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Radio
Mon 2 @ Utah

EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
8:00 PM
Wed 4 vs Phoenix

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM
Fri 6 vs Golden State

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM
Sun 8 vs Orlando

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
6:00 PM
Thu 12 @ Portland

Rose Garden, Portland, OR
9:30 PM broadcast TNT Rockets Will Have At Least 26 Games Televised Nationally
Fri 13 @ Golden State

ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA
9:30 PM broadcast ESPN Rockets Will Have At Least 26 Games Televised Nationally
Sun 15 @ Sacramento

Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA
5:00 PM
Wed 18 vs Chicago

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
8:30 PM broadcast ESPN Rockets Will Have At Least 26 Games Televised Nationally
Fri 20 @ Indiana

Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
7:00 PM broadcast ESPN Rockets Will Have At Least 26 Games Televised Nationally
Sat 21 @ Detroit

Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI
6:30 PM
Mon 23 vs Dallas

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM
Wed 25 @ San Antonio

AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
7:00 PM broadcast ESPN Rockets Will Have At Least 26 Games Televised Nationally
Thu 26 vs Memphis

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM broadcast TNT Rockets Will Have At Least 26 Games Televised Nationally
Sat 28 vs New Orleans

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM
Sun 29 @ Oklahoma City

Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
6:00 PM NBATV
Tue 31 vs Sacramento

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
6:00 PM
January Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Radio
Fri 3 vs New York

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM NBATV
Wed 8 vs L.A. Lakers

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
8:30 PM broadcast ESPN Rockets Will Have At Least 26 Games Televised Nationally
Fri 10 @ Atlanta

Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
6:30 PM
Sat 11 @ Washington

Verizon Center, Washington, DC
6:00 PM
Mon 13 @ Boston

TD Garden, Boston, MA
6:30 PM
Wed 15 @ New Orleans

New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA
7:00 PM
Thu 16 vs Oklahoma City

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
8:30 PM broadcast TNT Rockets Will Have At Least 26 Games Televised Nationally
Sat 18 vs Milwaukee

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM
Mon 20 vs Portland

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM
Wed 22 vs Sacramento

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM
Fri 24 vs Memphis

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM
Sat 25 @ Memphis

FedExForum, Memphis, TN
7:00 PM
Tue 28 vs San Antonio

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM
Wed 29 @ Dallas

American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
7:30 PM
February Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Radio
Sat 1 vs Cleveland

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM
Wed 5 vs Phoenix

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM
Sat 8 @ Milwaukee

BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
7:30 PM
Mon 10 @ Minnesota

Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
7:00 PM NBATV
Wed 12 vs Washington

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM
Wed 19 @ L.A. Lakers

Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
9:30 PM broadcast ESPN Rockets Will Have At Least 26 Games Televised Nationally
Thu 20 @ Golden State

ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA
9:30 PM broadcast TNT Rockets Will Have At Least 26 Games Televised Nationally
Sun 23 @ Phoenix

US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
7:00 PM
Tue 25 @ Sacramento

Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA
9:00 PM
Wed 26 @ L.A. Clippers

Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
9:30 PM broadcast ESPN Rockets Will Have At Least 26 Games Televised Nationally
March Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Radio
Sat 1 vs Detroit

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM
Tue 4 vs Miami

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM
Wed 5 @ Orlando

Amway Center, Orlando, FL
6:00 PM
Fri 7 vs Indiana

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
8:30 PM broadcast ESPN Rockets Will Have At Least 26 Games Televised Nationally
Sun 9 vs Portland

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
6:00 PM
Tue 11 @ Oklahoma City

Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
7:00 PM
Thu 13 @ Chicago

United Center, Chicago, IL
6:00 PM broadcast TNT Rockets Will Have At Least 26 Games Televised Nationally
Sun 16 @ Miami

American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
2:30 PM broadcast ABC Rockets Will Have At Least 26 Games Televised Nationally
Mon 17 vs Utah

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM
Thu 20 vs Minnesota

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM
Sat 22 @ Cleveland

Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
6:30 PM
Mon 24 @ Charlotte

Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
6:00 PM
Thu 27 vs Philadelphia

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM
Sat 29 vs L.A. Clippers

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM NBATV
April Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Radio
Tue 1 @ Brooklyn

Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
7:00 PM broadcast TNT Rockets Will Have At Least 26 Games Televised Nationally
Wed 2 @ Toronto

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
6:00 PM
Fri 4 vs Oklahoma City

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
8:30 PM broadcast ESPN Rockets Will Have At Least 26 Games Televised Nationally
Sun 6 vs Denver

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
6:00 PM
Tue 8 @ L.A. Lakers

Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
9:30 PM broadcast TNT Rockets Will Have At Least 26 Games Televised Nationally
Wed 9 @ Denver

Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
8:00 PM
Fri 11 @ Minnesota

Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
7:00 PM
Sat 12 vs New Orleans

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM
Mon 14 vs San Antonio

Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM NBATV
Wed 16 @ New Orleans

New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA
7:00 PM

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