Earlier today, the NBA released the complete 2013-2014 season schedule. After finishing 47-35 and advancing to the Western Conference Semifinals, the expectations for Mark Jackson‘s third year as head coach has grown significantly. The team is led by the talented Splash Brothers, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Backed by a core of young players, like Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green. With the offseason acquisitions of Andre Iguodala and Marreese Speights, the excitement is building. The Dubz have captured the imagination of fans not only in the Bay Area, but around the league. This season, the Golden State Warriors will have 17 nationally televised games on ESPN and TNT, which is headlined by the Christmas Day match up against the Los Angeles Clippers. After studying and breaking down the schedule, I have highlighted pivotal games and tough stretches.
Pivotal games: The journey begins at home on October 30th, as the Golden State Warriors take on the Los Angeles Lakers. On November 14th, the Oklahoma City Thunder make their only trip to the Bay Area. Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets come into town on December 13th. Expecting the return of Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls visit Oracle on February 2nd. The Warriors face off against the team who ended their postseason run last year, the San Antonio Spurs, on March 22nd.
Tough Stretches: Throughout the season, the Warriors will face difficult stretches that could determine their playoff chances. From December 29th to January 8th, the Warriors will have a six city road trip, with critical stops in Miami, Atlanta and Brooklyn. Another rough patch is February 24th to March 5th, when Golden State heads to Madison Square Garden, Indiana, and Boston. Finally, from April 1st to April 16th, seven out of the nine opponents earned a playoff seed last season. That includes a home and away series with the Denver Nuggets.
By making their second playoff appearance in 19 years, and the first in six years, the Golden State Warriors have rejuvenated the Bay Area. Uniting it’s numerous fans much like the bridges that surround them. Dub Nation has supported their beloved team despite frequent disappointment. Night after night, thousands of loyal fans congregate at the roaring confines of Oracle Arena, to cheer on Golden State. With the success of the 2012-2013 season; the fans, the players, and the organization have set the bar high, hoping to capture it’s first NBA championship since 1975.