After winning the most regular-season games and then failing to secure the NBA Championship, despite a 3-1 series lead, the Golden State Warriors will start their 2016-17 Redemption Tour at home against the San Antonio Spurs on Oct. 25.
The Dubs draw their opponent in the last two Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers, on Christmas in the Midwest, and on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Oakland.
The free-agent acquisition of the summer, Kevin Durant, will assuredly hear some boos when the Warriors visit Oklahoma City for the first time on Feb. 11.
The team received 28 nationally televised games, which is the most allowed for a single team, according to a news release.
Golden State has two five-game roadtrips on their schedule and their most difficult stretch could be in early December when they head out to play the Los Angeles Clippers and improved Utah Jazz on back-to-back nights before heading cross country to play the Memphis Grizzlies followed by a contest against the young Minnesota Timberwolves the next night. The run of road games ends at New Orleans on Dec. 13.
After the home opener, the next marquee game at Oracle Arena will be on Nov. 3, when Russell Westbrook and the Thunder will face off against their previous leader. Westbrook has intimated that he is relatively upset about Durant’s exit and should be playing with even more energy than usual, which is still quite a bit above average.
The Warriors are unlikely to pursue 74 wins this season, but they’ll still receive a lot of national scrutiny on their path to three-straight NBA Finals berths.