The NBA released the regular-season schedules for every team in the NBA on Tuesday. The Warriors open at home against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Then they go on the road and never come home. Or at least it seems that way with how many road games dot the first couple months of the season.
The Warriors actually play four of their first five games at home. After that, Golden State has a brutal stretch in which it will be on the road for 20 of the next 30 games. Included in that part of the schedule are two five-game road trips and two three-game trips. Considering the Warriors road performance in the 2009 season — eight wins, 33 losses — it could be a difficult start to the season for the Warriors.
The month of November isn’t as bad as December. Nine of the 15 games are on the road, but only six of the games are against playoff teams (vs. Utah, at Chicago, at Milwaukee, at L.A. Lakers, vs. Denver, vs. San Antonio). December is brutal, however. Eight of the 14 games are on the road, with 10 games against playoff teams (vs. Phoenix, at Oklahoma City, at Dallas, at San Antonio, vs. Miami, at Utah, at Portland, vs. Portland, at Atlanta, at Charlotte). Again, a very difficult first two months of the season for the Warriors.
The rest of the schedule looks like this:
Total games (road/home): 15 (5/10)
Playoff opponents: 7 (at Miami, at Orlando, vs. Cleveland, vs. L.A. Lakers, vs. San Antonio, vs. Charlotte, vs. Utah)
Total games (road/home): 11 (3/8)
Playoff opponents: 9 (vs. Milwaukee, vs. Chicago, vs. Phoenix, vs. Denver, at Phoenix, vs. Oklahoma City, at Utah, vs. Boston, vs. Atlanta)
Total games (road/home): 18 (13/5)
Playoff opponents: 8 (at Boston, at Cleveland, vs. Orlando, vs. Dallas, at Phoenix, at Dallas, at San Antonio, at Oklahoma City)
Analysis: After a slight reprieve in January and February — though the quality of teams in February is daunting — the schedule turns wicked again in March with 13 road games. The Warriors have a seven-game road trip (which actually begins in April) and a four-game road trip. To be fair, there is not a high concentration of high-quality opponents in March.
Total games (road/home): 6 (2/4)
Playoff opponents: 5 (vs. Dallas, at Portland, vs. L.A. Lakers, at Denver, vs. Portland)
DID YOU KNOW?
The Warriors will have 18 sets of back-to-back games this coming season.
Oct. 27: The Warriors open the season at home against the Houston Rockets. It will be interesting to see if Yao Ming can come back from last season’s injury, plus a pretty great matchup at point guard between Aaron Brooks and Stephen Curry.
Nov. 10: David Lee makes his return to Madison Square Garden to face his former team, the New York Knicks, and the player they signed to replace him, Amare Stoudemire.
Dec. 10: Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and the Miami Heat are only coming to Oakland once this season, so circle this game on your calendar.
Dec. 21: The first of four games between the Warriors and Sacramento Kings (this one’s on the road) and the continued rivalry between Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans and ROY runner-up Stephen Curry.
Dec. 25: The Warriors get a coveted Christmas Day matchup at home against Brandon Roy and the Portland Trail Blazers.
Jan. 12: The Warriors face Kobe Bryant and the defending champion L.A. Lakers twice before this game, but this is the first time the Lakers come to Oakland.
Jan. 17: The New Jersey Nets might not be good, but it’s a chance to see former Stanford product and young NBA star Brook Lopez.
Jan. 21: Tyreke Evans and the Sacramento Kings, this time at Oracle Arena.
Feb. 13: Kevin Durant, the NBA’s reigning scoring leader (the youngest ever), and the Oklahoma City Thunder come to town. Come to see Durant, stay to watch Curry vs. Russell Westbrook.
Feb. 22: The NBA Finals runners-up last season, the Boston Celtics, visit Oakland. Plus, a great matchup between Curry and Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo.
March 14: Road, Sacramento Kings, Tyreke Evans.
March 27: The Washington Wizards and potential Rookie of the Year John Wall make their only trip to Oracle Arena this season.
April 10: Curry gets the last matchup of the season against Evans and the Sacramento Kings on his home court.
April 13: The Warriors finish the season at home against the Portland Trail Blazers. Hopefully, this season the Warriors will have more than six players available to play (though the result was certainly exciting).