The Suns have a fresh look, but the start of their 2010-11 season might look like a playoff rewind.
According to NBA sources, the Suns will open the regular season Oct. 26 at Portland, its first-round playoff victim last season, and will play their home opener Oct. 29 against the Los Angeles Lakers, who defeated the Suns in the Western Conference finals.
On Tuesday, the NBA announced only nationally televised games for opening week, Christmas and Martin Luther King Day.
The Suns' opener with Portland is not on the opening-night TV slate, when TNT will air a Miami-Boston and Houston-Lakers doubleheader. TNT will show the Suns' Oct. 28 game at Utah, and ESPN will carry the Oct. 29 home opener against the Lakers.
Phoenix was not on the Christmas list, which features an ABC doubleheader of Boston-Orlando and Miami-Los Angeles Lakers. A full schedule will be released Aug. 10.
PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns will tip-off the club’s 43rd NBA season with an eight-game exhibition slate that was announced today. The Suns’ 2010 preseason schedule includes the club’s third annual outdoor exhibition contest as well as two trips north of the border.
The Suns open preseason play Oct. 5, travelling to Sacramento to take on the Kings on the first night of a back-to-back that will take Phoenix to Rogers Arena (formerly GM Place) in Vancouver, British Columbia, to play the Toronto Raptors.
Phoenix plays the first of three preseason games at US Airways Center on Oct. 12, hosting the Utah Jazz at 7 p.m. The Suns close their exhibition slate by playing their final two preseason contests at home, hosting the Golden State Warriors on Oct. 19 and the Denver Nuggets on Oct. 22.
For the third consecutive season, the Suns return to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif. for an outdoor game. This season’s game, which will again be broadcast live by TNT, is against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, Oct. 9 and will tip-off at 6:30 p.m.
The Suns’ complete 2010 preseason schedule is listed below.
DATE OPPONENT SITE TIME
Tues., Oct. 5 Sacramento Kings ARCO Arena, Sacramento 7 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 6 Toronto Raptors Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Canada 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 9 Dallas Mavericks Indian Wells Tennis Garden, Indian Wells, Calif. 6:30 p.m. (TNT)
Tues., Oct. 12 Utah Jazz US Airways Center, Phoenix 7 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 14 Utah Jazz EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City 6 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 17 Toronto Raptors Air Canada Centre, Toronto 10 a.m.
Tues., Oct. 19 Golden St. Warriors US Airways Center, Phoenix 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 22 Denver Nuggets US Airways Center, Phoenix 7 p.m.
All times Phoenix time