By Kenneth Teape @teapester725 on August 19, 2014
The Golden State Warriors had a good 2013-14 season, winning 51 games and earning the sixth seed in the loaded Western Conference. They pushed their division rival Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of playoffs before losing in seven games. With a new coaching staff in place, it will be interesting to see if the Warriors can continue their success. Here are five games that stand out for next season.
The Warriors will open their season in Sacramento against the Kings, and this will be the first time Warriors’ fans get to see Steve Kerr roam the sidelines as head coach. Kerr has some big shoes to fill as players and fans alike enjoyed having Mark Jackson as head coach, especially with the success he led the team to. This will be Kerr’s first chance to make people forget about Jackson and make a name for himself.
This is the first of four meetings between the division rivals. This game will be especially heated as it is the first meeting since the Clippers bounced the Warriors from the 2013 NBA Playoffs. To put it bluntly, these two teams do not like each other and each time they take the court against each other there is sure to be fireworks. The Clippers won the division last season and the Warriors will be gunning for them.
The second meeting between the Clippers and Warriors will be on Christmas Day. Anytime a team plays on Christmas Day it is a special occasion, but when you get these two together it is extra special. This will be the night cap to a five-game Christmas Day and there are not many better match ups that could have been made. The Warriors and Clippers are must-see television when matched up.
Whenever LeBron James is in town, it is a must-watch game. James will make his lone visit to Oracle Arena and the Warriors will assuredly want to spoil his return to California. Last season James broke Warriors fans' hearts with a deep 3-pointer in the waning seconds to win the game. This season the Warriors will look to exact some revenge and take out James and the Cavaliers.
If last season was any indication, the Western Conference will be a dog fight right to the end to make the postseason. The Grizzlies finished one game behind the Warriors for sixth place last season, and if the two had been flipped the playoffs would have looked plenty different. This game could have huge playoff implications and easily decide seeding for the playoffs being the second-to-last Warriors game in the season.
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