Rematch with Jazz is on tap for opener

The highly anticipated start to a highly anticipated season should have the raucous Oracle Arena rocking right away.

After ending a 12-year playoff drought last season, the NBA announced Thursday that the Warriors will open their season Oct. 30 by hosting the Utah Jazz — the team that eliminated Golden State from the Western Conference semifinals in five games in May. While that rematch is not one of their 11 nationally televised games, the Nov. 8 game at the Arena against the Dallas Mavericks is (TNT). The Warriors became the first No. 8 seed in NBA history to win a best-of-seven playoff series when they knocked off the top-seeded Mavericks in six games.

Other highlights of the Warriors’ schedule includes the return of high-flying fan favorite Jason Richardson — traded on draft day to the Charlotte Bobcats — on Feb. 1 and the first meeting with the Indiana Pacers since the eight-player trade that helped the Warriors reach the playoffs. That will occur at the Arena on Jan. 13, with Troy Murphy and Mike Dunleavy coming back to the Bay Area, while the rematch happens just three days later, with Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington returning to Indianapolis.

Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers come to town Dec. 14, while the Warriors don’t face the world champion San Antonio Spurs until Jan. 7 at the Arena.

The Warriors are slated to appear on ESPN six times and TNT five. For tickets, go to www.warriors.com or call (888) 479-4667.


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