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5 Games That Stand Out From Brooklyn Nets’ 2014-15 Schedule

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Brooklyn Nets 2014-15 Schedule: 5 Games That Stand Out

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The release of the schedule is always an exciting time for the NBA, as it gives fans games to look forward to in the upcoming season. Once the season gets underway, the most important and intriguing games will be based on standings and storylines. However, in the offseason, the top games result from rivalries and more recent storylines. Right now, here are five games worth circling on your calendar for the Brooklyn Nets' 2014-15 season.

5. Brooklyn Nets at San Antonio Spurs: Nov. 22

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5. Brooklyn Nets at San Antonio Spurs: Nov. 22

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For the Spurs, this will be just another game on the schedule. But for the Nets it will be a lot more interesting. It is always special and a very significant game whenever a team plays the champs, as the motivation to take down the kings will be there. However, the past two seasons the Nets were completely demolished both times they played in San Antonio, so there will definitely be some extra motivation.

4. Cleveland Cavaliers at Brooklyn Nets: Dec. 19

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4. Cleveland Cavaliers at Brooklyn Nets: Dec. 19

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The last time LeBron James visited Barclays Center, he missed a free throw that would have given him 50 points. He willed the Heat to victory and essentially eliminated the Nets' chances of a series comeback. The two sides were beginning to form a rivalry after the Nets swept them in the regular season and Miami won in five in the playoffs. The rivalry is really against LeBron though, so the intensity will be tremendous against Cleveland now.

3. Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks: Apr. 1

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3. Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks: Apr. 1

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The Nets and Knicks did not live up to their high expectations last season, but that does not mean this rivalry will take a step backwards. The "Battle of the Boroughs" occurs four times per year, and all of the games being huge and entertaining. The final time these teams meet this year will be on the first of April, and serious playoff implications could be on the line for both teams.

2. Milwaukee Bucks at Brooklyn Nets: Nov. 19

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2. Milwaukee Bucks at Brooklyn Nets: Nov. 19

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Jason Kidd was a legend for the Nets, widely considered the best player in franchise history. As a coach he only lasted one season, as a classless attempt to gain more power backfired and ultimately landed him with Milwaukee. How will the fans react to his return to Brooklyn? As a player they loved him, but currently the fans feel anger and hatred. And when the Bucks come to town it will be fascinating to see how both parties react.

1. Toronto Raptors at Brooklyn Nets: Apr. 3

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1. Toronto Raptors at Brooklyn Nets: Apr. 3

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A big-time rivalry was born last season. It began in the regular season when the Nets and Raptors battled it out for the Atlantic Division crown. The two teams then went through a thrilling seven-game series that featured epic comebacks and extremely clutch plays down the stretches in several games. When these two evenly-matched squads meet for the final time in April there will be an electrifying atmosphere as they battle for the division.

Jordan Berkowitz is a Brooklyn Nets and NBA writer for RantSports.com