It’s official: we’ve entered the dog days of the NBA offseason.
With almost every major free-agent now attached to a team, the anticipation for the beginning of the regular season is greater than ever.
Fortunately, the NBA recently announced the 2014-2015 regular season schedule, giving the casual fan more opportunities to speculate how next season will play out. Here are some highlights from the Warriors’ schedule for the upcoming season:
– The Warriors will be featured in 19 nationally televised games, tying them with the Spurs for the 6th highest total of any team in the league. 19 national appearances represents an increase from the 17 appearances the Warriors made last year. The league is clearly taking notice of the Warriors’ exhilarating, up-tempo style of basketball and how captivating it is to fans of the game. Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala had numerous highlight-reel worthy plays last season, so the move to increase the Warriors’ national coverage will likely be met with universal approval.
– The rivalry between the Clippers and Warriors isn’t going away anytime soon. Once again, both teams will be featured in a marquee Christmas Day matchup, but this time at Staples Center. The Pacific Division rivals will face off against each four times during the season, as is customary. Last year, an evenly split season series culminated in an epic, hard-fought seven game series in the first round of the Playoffs. Expect another tightly contested season series.
– The Warriors’ toughest stretch will likely be their six-game road-trip extending from the final week of February to the first week of March. The road-trip – their longest of the season – will feature two back-to-backs against Cleveland and Toronto as well as Boston and Brooklyn. Combined, these back-to-backs will mean the Warriors will have to play four games in five nights on the road, a series of games that will undoubtedly take their toll on the team.