Most Important Games
One of the things that people underestimate about teams who won the title in the previous season is the target that gets put on their back, especially when a team handles themselves like the Warriors. Subsequently, that makes just about every Western Conference game important because teams are going to be looking to knock them off.
Singling out some stretches and single games, though, it’s hard not to look at the start of the regular season for the Warriors as a crucial stretch for this team. The Warriors start the season with five games against projected Western Conference playoff teams, including the finale of that brief stretch being against arguably their biggest rivals in the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 4 in ORACLE.
Unsurprisingly, the Warriors meeting up with the Cleveland Cavaliers in an NBA Finals rematch on Christmas Day is going to be a massive deal for both teams. Kyrie Irving should be back by that point for the Cavs, so it’ll be incredibly intriguing to see how a full-strength Cavs team (hopefully, at least) will look against this Warriors team and how Golden State responds to that.
Just as their season begins with a tough stretch, it ends with a curious stretch as well as their final four games are against the same two teams in home-away splits. While all three teams may be resting players, there’s the potential that these matchups with the Spurs and the Memphis Grizzlies could have serious playoff implications.
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