The 2019-20 NBA schedule is slowly getting unveiled, and opening night at the brand-new Chase Center has been revealed. The NBA is planning on having the Golden State Warriors make their move to San Francisco official on October 24, when they host the new-look Los Angeles Clippers on TNT.
The first road date of the Kawhi Leonard Era in Clipperland looks like a doozy: Clippers at Warriors is tentatively scheduled as the first regular-season game at Chase Center in an @NBAonTNT broadcast Oct. 24, league sources say— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) August 2, 2019
In addition to being the home opener, and the first game played in the Chase Center, this will almost surely be the first game of the season for Golden State. The Warriors were not announced on the tentative small-slate opening night schedule, which is two days earlier, on October 22. It is highly unlikely that the league would give the Warriors - the best team in the league over the last half-decade - a road-and-home back-to-back to start the season.
So October 24, at home, against the Clippers, is where the season will begin for the five-time defending Western Conference champs.
Facing the Clippers will certainly feel like a huge game for the Warriors. Los Angeles made enormous splashes during the offseason, signing Kawhi Leonard in free agency, and trading for Paul George. Leonard, of course, bested the Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals as a member of the Toronto Raptors.
In all likelihood, facing Leonard and the Clippers will feel as much, if not more like a Finals rematch than facing the Raptors will. That said, the exciting matchup will be lacking some key players. Klay Thompson will still be rehabbing his torn ACL at that point, and will not play. And George, who suffered a shoulder injury near the end of the season that required surgery, may not be available either (and if he is, may not be at full strength).
Still, this will be a pretty fun way to christen the Chase Center.