Warriors open season in Phoenix on Halloween

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Warriors open season in Phoenix on Halloween

The defending champion Heat, led by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, will make their only Bay Area appearance of the season on Jan. 16, when the Miami plays the Warriors at Oracle Arena.The NBA announced the 2012-13 regular-season schedule on Thursday, and it has the Warriors opening their season at Phoenix on Oct. 31. The Warriors home opener comes two days later, when the Warriors host the Memphis Grizzlies on Nov. 2.This is the first time since the 2001-02 season that the Warriors have opened the season on the road.The Warriors do not play on Oct. 30, the first official day of the NBA season.Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and the Los Angeles Lakers will come to Oracle two times the first on Dec. 22 and the next on March 25.Perhaps the most noteworthy part of the Warriors schedule comes in March and April. The Warriors play 16 of their final 22 games of the 2012-13 season at home.The Warriors open their season with 15 of 24 games on the road.The Warriors longest road trip of the season comes in December, a seven-gamer, that will take the team to Detroit, Brooklyn, Washington, Charlotte, Miami, Orlando and Atlanta.The Warriors longest homestand of the season is also a seven-gamer which comes in March.
DAY
DATE
OPPONENT
TIME

Wed 31-Oct Phoenix 7:00 PM
Fri 2-Nov Memphis 7:30 PM
Sat 3-Nov L.A. Clippers 7:30 PM
Mon 5-Nov Sacramento 7:00 PM
Wed 7-Nov Cleveland 7:30 PM
Fri 9-Nov at L.A. Lakers 7:30 PM
Sat 10-Nov Denver 7:30 PM
Wed 14-Nov Atlanta 7:30 PM
Fri 16-Nov Minnesota 5:00 PM
Sun 18-Nov Oklahoma City 4:00 PM
Mon 19-Nov Dallas 5:30 PM
Wed 21-Nov Brooklyn 7:30 PM
Fri 23-Nov Denver 6:00 PM
Sat 24-Nov Minnesota 7:30 PM
Thu 29-Nov Denver 7:30 PM
Sat 1-Dec Indiana 7:30 PM
Mon 3-Dec Orlando 7:30 PM
Wed 5-Dec Detroit 4:30 PM
Fri 7-Dec Brooklyn 4:30 PM
Sat 8-Dec Washington 4:00 PM
Mon 10-Dec Charlotte 4:00 PM
Wed 12-Dec Miami 4:30 PM
Fri 14-Dec Orlando 5:00 PM
Sat 15-Dec Atlanta 4:00 PM
Tue 18-Dec New Orleans 7:30 PM
Wed 19-Dec Sacramento 7:00 PM
Fri 21-Dec Charlotte 7:30 PM
Sat 22-Dec L.A. Lakers 7:30 PM
Wed 26-Dec Utah 6:00 PM
Fri 28-Dec Philadelphia 7:30 PM
Sat 29-Dec Boston 7:30 PM
Wed 2-Jan L.A. Clippers 7:30 PM
Sat 5-Jan at L.A. Clippers 7:30 PM
Wed 9-Jan Memphis 7:30 PM
Fri 11-Jan Portland 7:30 PM
Sun 13-Jan Denver 5:00 PM
Wed 16-Jan Miami 7:30 PM
Fri 18-Jan San Antonio 5:30 PM
Sat 19-Jan New Orleans 5:00 PM
Mon 21-Jan L.A. Clippers 1:00 PM
Wed 23-Jan Oklahoma City 7:30 PM
Fri 25-Jan Chicago 5:00 PM
Sat 26-Jan Milwaukee 5:30 PM
Mon 28-Jan Toronto 4:00 PM
Tue 29-Jan Cleveland 4:00 PM
Thu 31-Jan Dallas 7:30 PM
Sat 2-Feb Phoenix 7:30 PM
Tue 5-Feb Houston 5:00 PM
Wed 6-Feb Oklahoma City 5:00 PM
Fri 8-Feb Memphis 5:00 PM
Sat 9-Feb Dallas 5:30 PM
Tue 12-Feb Houston 7:30 PM
Tue 19-Feb Utah 6:00 PM
Wed 20-Feb Phoenix 7:30 PM
Fri 22-Feb San Antonio 7:30 PM
Sun 24-Feb Minnesota 12:30 PM
Tue 26-Feb Indiana 4:00 PM
Wed 27-Feb New York 4:30 PM
Fri 1-Mar Boston 4:30 PM
Sat 2-Mar Philadelphia 4:00 PM
Mon 4-Mar Toronto 7:30 PM
Wed 6-Mar Sacramento 7:30 PM
Fri 8-Mar Houston 7:30 PM
Sat 9-Mar Milwaukee 7:30 PM
Mon 11-Mar New York 7:30 PM
Wed 13-Mar Detroit 7:30 PM
Fri 15-Mar Chicago 7:30 PM
Sun 17-Mar Houston 4:00 PM
Mon 18-Mar New Orleans 5:00 PM
Wed 20-Mar San Antonio 5:30 PM
Sat 23-Mar Washington 7:30 PM
Mon 25-Mar L.A. Lakers 7:30 PM
Wed 27-Mar Sacramento 7:30 PM
Sat 30-Mar Portland 7:30 PM
Wed 3-Apr New Orleans 7:30 PM
Fri 5-Apr Phoenix 7:00 PM
Sun 7-Apr Utah 5:00 PM
Tue 9-Apr Minnesota 7:30 PM
Thu 11-Apr Oklahoma City 7:30 PM
Fri 12-Apr L.A. Lakers 7:30 PM
Mon 15-Apr San Antonio 7:30 PM
Wed 17-Apr Portland 7:30 PM

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

OAKLAND -- Even though Draymond Green still would like to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, winning a championship with the Warriors has quenched much of thirst for the honor.

“I don’t really care that much anymore,” Green said after participating in the JaVale McGee Celebrity softball game Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum benefitting the Jug Life Foundation, promoting a healthy lifestyle around water consumption.

“I cared before,” Green added. “But we won the NBA championship now. I don’t care about what happened in the regular season any more at this point. I think I would have cared if I found out in Round 1 or Round 2 (of the playoffs).

“But at this point . . . I don’t even care any more.”

This is in marked contrast to what Green expressed early in the regular season, when he acknowledged the DPOY award is the only individual award he actively cared to win.

As recently as two months ago, in discussing his defensive performance in a season during which he made numerous memorable plays, including some game-saving defensive stands, Green let his words speak on his behalf.

“It is the best defensive season I’ve had, because I’ve continued to grow,” he said at the end of the regular season. “When I look at the last couple years, I think each year I got better defensively. And I think this year I’ve gotten better. So I do think it’s my best season, defensively -- but just not numbers-wise. The numbers are up a little bit more. But I actually feel better about what I’ve done on the defensive end than I have in any other year.”

Winning a championship apparently has an impact on the significance of individual awards.

A finalist for the award for which he finished second in each of the past two seasons, Green said Saturday that his plan is to leave for New York on Sunday and be in attendance when the awards are presented Monday night.

The other finalists for the award are Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who won it the last two seasons.

All three players will be among those at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York for the inaugural telecast of the NBA Awards on TNT.

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Kevin Durant didn't forget about the taunts.

In February, when Durant returned to Oklahoma City for the first time as a member of the Warriors, Thunder fans heckled him with t-shirts featuring cupcakes, a reference to Durant being soft for joining the 73-win Warriors.

On Saturday, the cupcake graphic made a return with one slight change.

Durant, playing in JaVale McGee's JugLife Celebrity Softball game at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday, showed up to the stadium wearing a cupcake hat. But instead of a cheery on top, a championship ring was superimposed on top of the cupcake.

So Durant, an NBA champion, got the last laugh.