Mar 02, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Warriors 104-97. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors: The Difficult Stretches of the Schedule

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The NBA just released the Golden State Warriors full schedule for 2013-14. Let’s take a look at a few of the toughest stretches of the upcoming season:

Early Road Games

The Warriors definitely got the short end of the stick early on with 15 of their first 22 games away from Oakland. On the flip side, this means the Dubs get a ton of road games out of the way early, but could lead to an under .500 record, bringing skepticism to whether or not this team really belongs in the playoff picture. The early tough stretch of games includes the Los Angeles Clippers on the road on October 31, at Oklahoma City Thunder at the end of November and culminating with a game at the Memphis Grizzlies on December 7.

March Madness

The Warriors have a particularly tough stretch of games from the middle of March through the end of the month starting with a short trip down to L.A. to take on the Los Angeles Clippers on March 12. They then head home to host Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers, only to continue their trip up north and head to Portland to play the upstart Trail Blazers. The Warriors come back home to host the dreaded San Antonio Spurs and finish this stretch in Memphis against the Grizzlies on March 28.

Holiday Heat

Late December through early January is another loaded set of games for the Warriors. From December 29 through January 8 they are on the road. Some of the notable games are against Cleveland, Miami, and Brooklyn.

Big Stage Finish

Finally, the Warriors finish their season with four of their last five nationally televised, with three of them on road. It’s obvious the schedule makers expect the Warriors to be in the playoff hunt as they will have 26 games broadcast on either NBA TV, TNT or ESPN.

 

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