Golden State Warriors: 11 Must-See Games for the 2012-2013 NBA Season
Here are 11 must-see games for Warriors fans next season.
Note: All games are at home
Milwaukee Bucks, March 9
Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh play their second game at Oracle Arena as members of the Milwaukee Bucks, and this time fans will get to see who got the upper hand in last season's deadline deal.
On March 16, just three days after the deal went down, the two teams faced off in Oakland, with the Bucks blowing the Warriors out 120-98. Ellis scored 18 points, pulled down four rebounds, and dished four assists, while Udoh was held scoreless but collected four boards.
Andrew Bogut, the centerpiece of the trade for the Golden State Warriors, was out with an injury and was unable to face off against his old team. This game will mark the first game that Bogut and Ellis face off wearing each other's uniforms.
Sacramento Kings, March 6 and March 27
The Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors have a long Northern California rivalry. Though the two teams have been lottery contenders for the past five years, they have put up big points in their matchups and always have good games.
Of last year's four matchups, one was decided in overtime, and two others were decided by a combined six points. With the Kings stealing Thomas Robinson in June's draft and the Warriors snagging Harrison Barnes, both teams will be on the rise next season.
Houston Rockets, February 12 and March 8
Linsanity returns home. International phenomenon Jeremy Lin will play in the Bay Area, where he grew up and played his first season. As a member of the New York Knicks last year, Lin played the Warriors just once (the Warriors won 92-78) but logged just one minute and took only one shot (he missed it). Still trying to prove that he is worth $25 million, Lin will visit Oakland twice next season.
Minnesota Timberwolves, November 24 and April 9
Like the Sacramento Kings, the Minnesota Timberwolves share something with the Warriors. Minnesota hasn't earned a playoff berth since 2004, back when Kevin Garnett was the MVP, and they challenged the Los Angeles Lakers, led by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal in the Western Conference Finals.
Will the Warriors make the playoffs next season?
The Wolves are now on the rise, with young players such as Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love. Though both have underachieved for the last several years, the T-Wolves and Warriors both look to earn playoff berths next season.
The first matchup will be in the first month of the regular season, as both teams look to make strong statements, and the second one will be in the heat of the playoff race, the last week of the season.
Los Angeles Clippers, January 2 and January 21
Though a playoff team last season, the Los Angeles Clippers proved to be a fun matchup for the Warriors. The two teams split the season series 2-2. The Clippers played the Warriors on Christmas Day to open the season, with Los Angeles gaining the upper hand.
Los Angeles Lakers, December 22 and March 25
Though the Los Angeles Lakers have been championship contenders for the majority of the last decade, the two teams always play exciting games. The Warriors lost just one game by double digits, and the Lakers had the upper hand in all four of last year's matchups.
With the Warriors looking to play in the postseason this year, these matchups will prove very crucial.
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