Apr 8, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Phoenix Suns forwardMarkieff Morris
(11) shoots over Dallas Mavericks forwardDirk Nowitzki
(41) during the second half at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 107-104. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
The full schedule for the Phoenix Suns will be released at 3 p.m. today, but the Suns already know where they will be to open the 2015 NBA season. For the fifth consecutive season the Suns will open the season at home, this time against the Dallas Mavericks on October 28.
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Not only will they be opening the season against a Western Conference foe, but it will also be the first game with the new arena name– Talking Stick Resort Arena. The arena has held the names of America West Arena and U.S. Airways Arena before.
Phoenix Suns center Tyson Chandler will have a crack at his former team in his first game in purple and orange after leaving Dallas for Phoenix in free agency this offseason. Dallas lost Chandler and also Monta Ellis, who went to the Indiana Pacers, in free agency.
Quite possibly Dallas’ biggest “loss” of the offseason was when DeAndre Jordan verbally agreed to a contract deal with the Mavericks, but a few days later ended up signing a contract to remain with the Los Angeles Clippers. For those curious, the Clippers will play in Dallas on November 11.
The Suns will learn the extent of their 82-game schedule when it is released later on today, but for now I am sure it’s a good feeling for the Suns to know that they’ll be at home and in front of their home crowd when the season tips off in late October.