The schedule for the NBA In-Season Tournament was revealed on NBA Today on Tuesday afternoon, with the Golden State Warriors to begin their campaign against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Paycom Center on November 3.
As previously revealed by the NBA, the Warriors have been drawn in Western Conference Group C alongside the Thunder, Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs.
The Golden State Warriors will fancy their chances of topping Western Conference Group C should they be motivated to do so.
Golden State’s second game will come against Anthony Edwards and the Minnesota Timberwolves at Chase Center on November 14. Their third matchup will take place at home against the number one overall pick Victor Wembanyama and the Spurs on November 24.
The Warriors’ round robin will conclude with a meeting against their pacific rival Kings at Golden 1 Center on November 28. Each of the games against San Antonio and Sacramento will be on national TV.
The winners of each group will advance to the quarterfinals, with two more spots open for the two teams with the next best record. From there it will be a knockout format with the Semifinals and Final to take place in Las Vegas.
The prize money will begin at the Quarter-Final stage where each player on a losing team will win $50,000. Players whose team are knocked out at the Semi-Final stage will win $100,000, losers of the championship game will win $250,000, and a $500,000 prize will be awarded to members of the tournament-winning team.
With a veteran core consisting of Stephen Curry (35), Klay Thompson (33), Draymond Green (33) and Chris Paul (38), it remains to be seen how motivated Golden State will be by the prize money on offer.
Beyond the Warriors, it will be fascinating to see how players, teams and fans take to the In-Season Tournament. Will it be a short-term gimmick that suffers a quick death, or will it become a staple of each NBA season?