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Warriors news: Andre Iguodala out for Golden State, Oracle fans receiving commemorative shirts

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The Warriors will open their 2017-18 regular season without veteran Andre Iguodala.

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The Golden State Warriors will face the Houston Rockets tonight at 7:30 p.m. PST at Oracle Arena to kick off the 2017-18 NBA regular season.

Unfortunately, they'll be doing it without veteran wing Andre Iguodala, who is recovering from a back strain suffered during the preseason that also caused him to miss the Warriors' preseason finale as well.

Iguodala's absence should give Steve Kerr and the Warriors' coaching staff ample time to play their younger talents on their deep bench.

This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise as the NBA's opening day rosters release, which was released yesterday, listed Iguodala as inactive.

Omri Casspi, who left the preseason finale against the Sacramento Kings with an apparent ankle injury, is available to play and will probably have a shot to play against a team that will probably try to push the tempo and thus demand numerous substitutions.

In more pleasant news, fans at the game will receive a commemorative shirt for the championship ring ceremony, which is yet another reminder that we really have to take some time to enjoy this prosperous period of Warriors' history.

As long-time fans know well, nothing is guaranteed. So come join the next step of this journey with us in the comments!