Jan 10, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) and small forward Draymond Green (23) celebrate after a play against the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics 99-97. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors: Looking at the March Schedule

At 36-23, the Golden State Warriors stand a game and a half ahead of the eight seed Phoenix Suns and eight games behind the first seed Thunder.

With only 24 games remaining, the Warriors are not in an ideal position, and must remain successful both to better position themselves for playoff success and retain their inclusion in the playoffs. Here is a look forward to the March schedule, upon which the Warriors shall embark after what should hopefully be a successful  return to New York against the Knicks.

March Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Radio
Sun 2 Toronto
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
1:00 PM CSN Bay Area KNBR 680 AM
Tue 4 Indiana
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
4:00 PM CSN Bay Area KNBR 680 AM
Wed 5 Boston
TD Garden, Boston, MA
4:30 PM CSN Bay Area KNBR 680 AM
Fri 7 vs Atlanta  
ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA
7:30 PM CSN Bay Area KNBR 680 AM
Sun 9 vs Phoenix  
ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA
6:00 PM CSN Bay Area NBATV KNBR 680 AM
Tue 11 vs Dallas  
ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA
7:30 PM CSN Bay Area KNBR 680 AM
Wed 12 L.A. Clippers
Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
7:30 PM CSN Bay Area KNBR 680 AM
Fri 14 vs Cleveland  
ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA
7:30 PM CSN Bay Area KNBR 680 AM
Sun 16 Portland
Moda Center, Portland, OR
6:00 PM CSN Bay Area KNBR 680 AM
Tue 18 vs Orlando  
ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA
7:30 PM CSN Bay Area KNBR 680 AM
Thu 20 vs Milwaukee  
ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA
7:30 PM CSN Bay Area KNBR 680 AM
Sat 22 vs San Antonio  
ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA
7:30 PM CSN Bay Area NBATV KNBR 680 AM
Fri 28 vs Memphis  
ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA
7:30 PM CSN Bay Area KNBR 680 AM
Sun 30 vs New York  
ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA
6:00 PM CSN Bay Area KNBR 680 AM

The month begins with a continuation of the road trip, passing through Toronto, Indiana, and Boston.  Boston should be an easy win, and the Warriors are a better team than Toronto. However, in recent weeks, Toronto, supported by a rocketing defense, has launched to the third seed in the Eastern Conference.  Indiana is one of the best teams in a league, sporting a league-leading +8.0 point differential, and stands as an imposing stop on the Warriors’ path home.

A three-game homestand begins against the flailing Hawks, but continues with two important games versus Phoenix and Dallas, both competing with the Warriors in the playoff standings. Dallas features the league’s fourth best offense, but fails to complement this with an effective defense, allowing the seventh most points per possession in the league.  Phoenix takes a more balanced approach; its eight ranked offense backed by a defense that is exactly average by points allowed per possession.

The Warriors then alternate challenging and relieving contests – Clippers, Cavs, Blazers, Magic, before drawing the horrific Bucks, the ever-present Spurs, and the rising Grizzlies in the final two of four straight home games before closing out March exactly as they did February, versus the Knicks.

The Warriors face nine teams above .500, and five below, but happen to play some of the especially poor below .500 teams.  Although they face several challenging opponents, the schedule will not be the cause of any struggles the Warriors have during March.

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