Top 12 Warriors games to watch during the 2017-18 season


Top 12 Warriors games to watch during the 2017-18 season

The NBA schedule has been released and the Warriors have to be delighted.

There are no road trips of more than six games.

And there are 14 back-to-back sets, a reduction from 17 such games last season.

As defending champions, the Warriors will have a number of marquee games sure to attract widespread attention. Here are a dozen such games:

Oct. 17: Rockets at Warriors -- One year after eclipsing the Warriors’ record for most 3-pointers made in a season, Houston adds future Hall of Fame point guard Chris Paul to play alongside MVP runner-up James Harden. Does that explain why Stephen Curry is “curious” about a matchup between the NBA’s highest-scoring teams?

Oct. 27: Wizards at Warriors -- In taking the Celtics to seven in the conference semifinals -- in their first season under coach Scott Brooks -- Washington is an established top-four team in the East. In addition, few NBA duels are more enjoyable than Stephen Curry vs. John Wall.

Nov. 2: Warriors at Spurs -- This is for those who remember what happened on opening night last season as well as the tone set early in Game 1 of the Conference Finals -- before the loss of Kawhi Leonard changed the course of that game and altered the arc of the series.

Nov. 8: Timberwolves at Warriors -- Pump the brakes, everyone. Even with Jimmy Butler Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson coming over, Minnesota is not ready to seriously contend. Given the young incumbent talent, however, they are prepared to start a very real rise in the West.

Nov. 11: 76ers at Warriors -- Cross your fingers and hope the future of Philly -- Joel Embiid, Markelle Fultz, Dario Saric and Ben Simmons -- is healthy for this trip into Oracle Arena. This promises more fun than competition.

Nov. 16: Warriors at Celtics -- Boston posted the best record in the Eastern Conference and over the past two seasons has managed a split of four regular-season games against the Warriors. Adding All-Star forward Gordon Hayward puts the Celtics in position to seriously challenge the Cavs for conference supremacy.

Nov. 22: Warriors at Thunder -- One year after losing Durant, Oklahoma City replaces him with Paul George. He’s no KD, but if PG can productively coexist with MVP Russell Westbrook -- and if big man Steven Adams can rebound from last season -- this can become a very interesting season series.

Dec. 22: Lakers at Warriors -- Lonzo Ball comes to Oakland.

Dec. 25: Cavaliers at Warriors -- Though much can change regarding the future of Kyrie Irving’s place on the Cleveland roster, this still is a rematch of the teams that met in the last three NBA Finals. It’s LeBron and his bunch vs. Steph and KD and their crew, the best and most enduring matchup in the NBA. It’s must-see TV.

Jan. 12: Warriors at Bucks -- The rising young Bucks, who snapped the Warriors’ 24-game win streak in 2015, tend to play the Warriors tough at home. The Warriors are minus-10 over their last two games in Milwaukee. Another reason to look forward to this: Kevin Durant vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo on the same floor.

Jan. 13: Warriors at Raptors -- Though the Raptors can challenge any team, this game poses a particular threat insofar as it’s the second night of a back-to-back set -- followed two nights later by a prime-time game at Cleveland.

Jan. 15: Warriors at Cavaliers -- Fourth game in three nights, and the middle of a five-game road trip that easily is the toughest stretch of the season.

With Warriors discussing the matter, Curry reaffirms White House stance

With Warriors discussing the matter, Curry reaffirms White House stance

OAKLAND -- About an hour after general manager Bob Myers said the defending champion Warriors would soon gather to determine their response to any potential invitation from the White House, Stephen Curry reiterated his personal views.

“I don’t want to go,” Curry said during Media Day on Friday.

Curry has previously stated this position, one he shares with several teammates. Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala also have expressed no interest in visiting President Donald Trump. David West has made clear his distaste for Trump’s boorish conduct.

But Curry has thought not only about the subject but also how he reached his conclusion.

“That we don't stand for basically what our president has -- the things that he said and the things that he hasn't said in the right terms -- that we won't stand for it,” he said. “And by acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to.

“It's not just the act of not going. There are things you have to do on the back end to actually push that message into motion. You can talk about all the different personalities that have said things and done things, from (Colin) Kaepernick to what happened to (Michael) Bennett to all sorts of examples of what has gone on in our country that we need to kind of change. And we all are trying to do what we can, using our platforms, using our opportunities to shed light on that.”

Officially, the Warriors have made no firm decision. They will discuss the matter in the coming day in hopes of reaching a consensus.

Though Curry understands the final decision will be made every consulting with every voice in the locker room -- including coach Steve Kerr, who also has been critical of Trump -- he’s unwavering about his personal stance.

“It's not just me going to the White House. If it were, this would be a pretty short conversation,” he said.

“Like I said, it's the organization; it's the team. And it's hard to say because I don't know exactly what we're going to do in lieu of or if we do go or if we don't go or whatever.

“But my beliefs stay the same. I'll have a better answer for that once I can kind of understand where the group is, too.”

While Iguodala passed on delivering his stance, citing that he had been prepped on the subject by the team’s media relations staff, Durant -- like Curry -- said he has to take the opinions of his teammates into consideration.

“It's going to be tough to change my mind,” Durant said, “but we're going to talk about it as a team and figure out the next steps from there.”

West did not divulge his decision, opting to firmly state he “will let everybody know my opinion” once the team meets on the subject.


Thunder GM takes high road in response to Durant's Twitter gaffe, harsh words

Thunder GM takes high road in response to Durant's Twitter gaffe, harsh words


Kevin Durant didn't mean to lampoon the Thunder, later deleting the tweets, but he said what he said

Asked about Durant on Friday and Thunder GM Sam Prestie took the high road. 

"I think the only thing I can say to that is just to be consistent with everything that I have said and everyone else from the organization," Presti said. "I, and no one from the Thunder, really has anything negative to say about Kevin Durant, and I think we've been hopefully very open about the fact that we have tremendous appreciation and respect for what he and his teammates and coaches and everybody over his tenure here accomplished, and I really don't think there's anything more to say than that."

Durant called the actions "childish" and "idiotic" and said that his actions have impacted his sleep cycles and eating habits.

The Warriors first face the Thunder on Wednesday, Nov. 22 in Oklahoma City.