Last week, the Golden State Warriors released their preseason matchups schedule. The schedule consists of eight games during the first three weeks of October, with the last two games being played at home at Oracle Arena. The Dubs will play four of those games against teams that look to be playoff-bound this season, including the Miami Heat, the Houston Rockets and the rival Los Angeles Clippers twice. Moreover, the Warriors will also square off against a team that could be a Western Conference dark horse in the Denver Nuggets.
As was the case last season, the Rockets, Clippers and Warriors all look to be destined for the third through sixth playoff seeds in the Western Conference, so seeing how the Warriors stack up against chief competition will provide some insight regarding whether the Dubs can finish above the Clips and the Rox. The latter team is especially intriguing, as Houston lost an important role players in Chandler Parsons and Omer Asik and will have somewhat of a new look going into next season.
The Warriors will presumably have a new look this fall as well under new coach Steve Kerr, who has vowed to make the Dubs’ isolation-heavy offense more fluid and reliant on long-range shooting. These preseason games will be the first time fans will be able to see Kerr’s new system in action, and to see how it matches up with the possibly elite NBA defenses of the Heat and the Clippers.
Getting these glimpses of Kerr’s offensive system and how the Warriors shape up against other elite competition will be the first step in determining how far the Warriors can go in the 2014-15 season.