The NBA teased a portion of the opening week schedule earlier, so we already knew that the Golden State Warriors will open the season when they host the Houston Rockets on October 17th. And now, we just got our first look at the full schedule.
Thanks to the internet, you can find the entire schedule already on NBA.com here.
There’s a lot to take in, but the always reliable Anthony Slater has identified the longest road trip:
Warriors longest road trip is 6 games— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) August 14, 2017
-at New Orleans
Nov. 29th through Dec. 8th
That seems like a cakewalk compared to some of the brutal travel requirements we’ve had to endure over the past few seasons! Looking deeper, the Warriors will host the Kings on Monday, then have a travel day on Tuesday before facing Lakers on Wednesday. In fact, the only back to back during the trip will be at the Heat on Sunday, December 3rd and then directly to New Orleans to face the Pelicans on Monday - every other game on the trip is preceded by a day off.
However, it is worth noting that we will still open the season with a robust slate of eight games in 14 days.
Back to Anthony Slater, we can see that the Warriors will also have a lower total number of back-to-backs.
Warriors: 14 back-to-backs, down from 17 last season.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) August 14, 2017
Another comforting development: fewer of those second games will be Nationally televised - perhaps in a move to assuage the team’s desire to rest star players during those games.
Noteworthy: Of the Warriors' 14 back-to-backs, they're only on ABC, TNT or ESPN once on the second night (TNT in Houston on Jan 4th).— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) August 14, 2017
For those of you looking ahead already (because it really is never too soon), the Warriors open the season on October 17th at Oracle, then will have two days off before facing Anthony Davis and Demarcus Cousins’ New Orleans Pelicans on the 20th; followed by their first back-to-back of the season when they head to Memphis for a little Grit and Grind.
Speaking of the Pelicans, in one of those quirks of fate that is too coincidental to be an accident, the Warriors will face them twice (out of four total games) on the second game of a back-to-back.
Along those same lines, we may see the new “SEGABABA” (SEcond GAme of BAck to BAck) emerge: the “3rdin4” meaning three games in four nights. Both Spurs games, two of the marquee matchups against the Cavs, and our second meeting against the revamped OKC Thunder will all occur under this scenario. Although these aren’t technically back-to-backs, it is something to be aware of.
Just glancing quickly through the schedule, it looks like the first holiday that the Warriors will play on will be their Christmas day matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Warriors' complete 2017-18 regular season schedule pic.twitter.com/kUIjBBGpVE— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) August 14, 2017
Also notable, the end of the season push seems much less difficult than previous years. No Spurs, and only one back-to-back that will take the team to Phoenix directly after hosting the Pelicans at Oracle.
We will update this story with additional details as they emerge, but for now, let’s all just bask in the somewhat imminent return of your NBA Champion, Golden State Warriors! Here is the Warriors’ official press release detailing some of the schedule highlights, including our franchise-record 31 national broadcasts!
Warriors will make a franchise-record 31 national TV appearances (ABC, ESPN & TNT) in 2017-18. pic.twitter.com/Eb8QzxaP4J— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) August 14, 2017
And again, just in case you missed the link above, you can find the Warriors filtered schedule here.