Last year is under the rug. The new, improved Golden State Warriors have a score to settle with their rivals. Assuming the team can remember the date of the season opener (October 30 vs. the Los Angeles Lakers), here are five contests the players should mark on their schedules for revenge purposes:
November 2 vs. Sacramento Kings
They’re still the Kings—not the Royals or Sonics—and this classic Northern California clash will thankfully continue for the foreseeable future. Golden State went 1-3 in their regular season series against Sacramento in 2012-13, and the Kings lured ex-Warriors coach Mike Malone, owner Vivek Ranadive and forward Carl Landry to their club in the offseason, so the Dubs have plenty of motivation to prove who’s best in the region.
November 8 at San Antonio Spurs
The brick wall that slammed the Warriors’ postseason run, the Spurs’ backs are now in the crosshairs of every club in the Western Conference. If head coach Greg Popavich continues to limit his starters’ minutes early in the season, Stephen Curry and crew would love to invade the Alamo town while its inhabitants are metaphorically handcuffed.
December 23 at Denver Nuggets
To put it nicely, the Nuggets as of recent have been the Warriors’ whipping boy.
First, the Dubs eliminated the West’s three-seed in the opening round of the playoffs. Then Golden State pried star defensive wing Andre Iguodala from the Nuggets despite his original team making a richer offer.
What’s next? Complete game domination on the Warriors’ behalf?
December 25 vs. Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers stepped up in 2012-13 to take the place of the Lakers in the Bay-L.A. rivalry, but that doesn’t mean they were a noble adversary. The Warriors beat Lob City 3-1 in the regular season and spawned a personal southern grudge in the process. The Clippers have rearmed with J.J. Redick, Jared Dudley, Darren Collison and Byron Mullens, but the Warriors’ only concern should be putting on a good show for Christmas day viewers.
January 2 at Miami Heat
Chances are the Heat have this matchup sharpied on their calendars.
Last time Miami hosted the westerners, the road team defeated the world champs with a last-second alley-oop laid up by Draymond Green. It will take outstanding efforts from the entire Warriors rotation to repeat the result of last year’s South Beach battle.
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