For the first time in 40 years, the Golden State Warriors enter the season as basketball’s defending champions. Under the sophisticated guidance of Steve Kerr, the Dubs’ core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green look to take another step forward and do the impossible in topping last year’s magnificent 67-15 regular season record. With reigning MVP Curry at the head of the Warriors’ dangerous offense for another year, maintaining their rank as 2nd in offensive efficiency seems more than realistic. However, it is imperative that the Dubs also start off on the right foot on the other end of the ball, as their league best offense through all of the 2014-2015 regular season and playoffs was the driving force behind their championship run.
Warriors fan should mark down October 27th down on their calendar, as the New Orleans Pelicans are set to take a visit to northern California for their season opener. The Warriors defended their home court superbly last season and finished with a 39-2 record at the Oracle Arena. This rematch of last season’s first round series will have no shortage of excitement as emotions will be high on both sides after the 4-0 sweep. Anthony Davis is quickly solidifying himself as the future of the NBA and is wrecking havoc on both ends of the basketball court. If last year’s first round series is any indicator, this could be an electrifying match-up for years to come. The losers of this initial match will look to seek revenge when the Warriors make a visit to New Orleans just four days later on Halloween.
Being the defending NBA Champions is not as easy as it may seem as the Golden State Warriors are about to find out. Their quest to achieve the same result will be matched by every team’s best shot on a nightly basis. On October 30th, a rematch of the Western Conference finals playoff rematch will be played against the new-look Houston Rockets. With the energizing point guard Ty Lawson replacing Patrick Beverly in the starting line-up, the Rockets are seemingly in a better position than last year to dethrone Stephen Curry and the Warriors. Under head coach Kevin McHale, the Rockets finished second in the West last season, behind only Golden State. They also had no problem defending their home court, as they were 30-11 in the Toyota Center. James Harden will likely be battling with Stephen Curry all season long in the MVP discussion and this early match-up should set the stage for what’s to come.
Even with the loss of David Lee, the Warriors have undoubtedly improved over the summer and as long as they stay reasonably healthy, will be one of the league’s powerhouses. The Warriors’ October/November schedule, which features 19 games should see the them replicate their previous opening month.
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