The NBPA recently voted in favor of the 2020-21 season to begin on 22nd December. Now the NBA has released the preseason schedule, which will go on from December 11th to 19th. Let’s look at what the Golden State Warriors have in store for them for preseason.
They have three preseason games lined up instead of the usual five. It starts with a home game against the Nuggets on December 12th, followed by back-to-back away games against the Sacramento Kings.
The Nuggets, who have now become a serious playoff team with back-to-back Western Conference Finals appearances, will undoubtedly be the toughest matchup for the Dubs.
It will be a tricky game that could end up in a loss for the Warriors. They don’t have the best chemistry at the moment because of their lack of game time together.
The Kings games should be easier, but one cannot be surprised if the Kings steal a win in one of the games. Their young unit has gotten deeper in the offseason, and their new arrivals could spoil the party for the Warriors.
The preseason games will be the first time Stephen Curry takes the court with the Warriors since March. He played only 5 games during the 2019-20 season.
With Klay Thompson sidelined till next year, the Warriors cannot afford to have Curry miss too many games for the upcoming season. With Draymond Green regressing, the responsibility on Curry just becomes even more.
It will also be a chance for the Warriors to see how their new arrivals fit into the team. Kelly Oubre Jr, whom the Warriors brought in as a replacement for Thompson, and 2nd overall pick James Wiseman are the two big arrivals for them.
The Warriors have never had an elite talent at the center position until now. So this could mean that they have to tweak their tactics to get the most out of him.
Oubre is a great 3&D player, who is also an impressive slasher. His defensive awareness and shooting will be key for the Warriors.
Coach Steve Kerr will just be hoping to get the players gelled into the system, especially the recruits. It will be an interesting season for them, where they could go from being the 2nd seed to probably the 5th or 6th seed.
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