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The NBA released the full schedule for the 2018-19 season on Friday, two days after the league unveiled national television matchups for opening week, Christmas Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Here are the most noteworthy games on the schedule.
Oct. 16: Opening night vs. Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder, equipped with Russell Westbrook and newly re-signed Paul George, will infiltrate Oracle Arena when the Warriors get their championship rings. Last season, the teams split the season series, including one of the Warriors’ biggest wins, a 117-107 victory on the road without Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry. With Westbrook and George entering their second season together, the Thunder could be a contender in the Western Conference.
Nov. 18, 2018: Return to Houston
This will be the Warriors’ first appearance in Houston since they won Game 7 of the Western Conference finals. In that game, the Warriors played uninspired for the first half as the Rockets led by as many as 15 points. However, the Warriors responded, outscoring the Rockets 58-38 in the second half as Houston missed 27 straight three-pointers.
More intriguing is how the teams’ rosters have changed this offseason. While the Warriors have upgraded their biggest place of need with DeMarcus Cousins, the Rockets failed to retain forward Trevor Ariza, an elite defender who played well against the Warriors.
Christmas Day against LeBron and the Lakers
The Warriors seem to always get up for LeBron James, especially at home. Adding to the allure is the Lakers. Back in the day, many fans in Oracle Arena would be outfitted with Kobe Bryant jerseys. While the games were always fun, whether the Warriors won or lost, there never seemed to be any stakes involved. With James in a Lakers uniform, that changes.
Jan. 21, 2019: Warriors-Lakers Part 2
Unlike Christmas, both teams will have a better feel for each other in the rematch at Staples Center. Also, Cousins could be in a uniform by this time.
Jan. 26, 2019: NBA Finals preview in Boston
The Warriors will travel to Boston in what could be an NBA Finals preview. Last season, the teams split the season series in two entertaining games, with each team winning by four points.
Feb. 25, 2019: Stephen Curry’s Charlotte Homecoming
Curry missed the Warriors’ lone visit to North Carolina last year nursing a sprained ankle. The timing of this game will be extra special, as it comes a week after the All-Star game in Charlotte, where Curry will (presumably) play.
April 9, 2019: Boogie’s return to New Orleans
The NBA did fans a favor by scheduling this game late in the season. Cousins should be back from his torn Achilles by then. There also could be some lingering bitterness over Cousins’ departure from New Orleans. Cousins says he didn’t get an offer from the team, while the New York Times reported Cousins turned down a 2-year, $40 million extension. When asked about the contract, Cousins said, “I’m gonna put it like this: Only me and (Pelicans …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports