2010-2011 Golden State Warriors Schedule: Top 10 Stephen Curry Matchups
The NBA schedule for the 2010-2011 season has just recently been released to the public, and many are circling their calendars, pinpointing which games they don't want to miss.
Many fans in Oakland are wondering how Golden State will fare this coming season, given the roster changes they have undergone.
Will a player like David Lee fit in to the Warrior system? Will he contribute enough to bring the Warriors within striking distance of the playoffs?
These and many more questions cannot be answered until games are under way and the mysteries unveil themselves.
A big upside for Warrior fans is the emergence of their young point guard Stephen Curry. Taking a look at the schedule, I have compiled the Top 10 match-ups for Stephen Curry that you won't want to miss out on for the 2010-2011 season. Enjoy!
10. Golden State Warriors Vs. Dallas Mavericks
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It'll be interesting to see how Stephen Curry stacks up to one of the best point guards of this decade in Jason Kidd in his second season.
Last year Dallas won the series 3-1, taking both games at Golden State but losing one at home.
Granted, Dallas is the better team but let's see how the two point guards fared in the four games:
The Good: 16.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 6.0apg, 1.8spg, 1.5 three's
The Bad: 4.3 TOpg, 40.7% FG
The Good: 5.8rpg, 13.0apg (to 2.5 TOpg), 3.0spg, 1.8 three's
The Bad: 7.0ppg, 30.8% FG
9. Golden State Warriors Vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
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Watching Stephen Curry handle himself against fellow young guards around the NBA will certainly be fun to watch.
Will Curry fold into a Sophomore slump as players like Russell Westbrook climb the stairs toward super-stardom?
Last year the Thunder won three out of the four games they played against the Warriors, but how did the guards do?
The Good: 21.0ppg, 2.0spg, 2.5 three's (52.6%), 56.4% FG
The Bad: 4.5apg/4.5 TOpg
The Good: 20.3ppg, 6.0rpg, 7.5apg, 3.5spg
The Bad: 38.5% FG, 4.0 TOpg
8. Golden State Warriors Vs. Boston Celtics
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While Rajon Rondo did a pretty good job of shutting down Stephen Curry in the two games they faced each other, Golden State did come away with a win at home against Boston.
Another match-up between youth and youth to figure out how Stephen Curry stacks up with the point guards of his generation. We'll all love to find out if Curry's season last year was just a rookie fluke or if the kid can really play.
The Good: 2.5spg
The Bad: 6.5ppg, 3.5apg (3.5 TOpg)
The Ugly: 28.6% FG, 20.0% 3pt
The Good: 24.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 13.5apg, 2.5spg, 63.3% FG, 40.0% 3pt
The Bad: 61.5% FT, 5.0 TOpg
7. Golden State Warriors Vs. Washington Wizards
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A unique case where Stephen Curry can exhibit some seniority will be against 1st overall draft pick John Wall. This pair of explosive and speedy guards will be a fun one to watch.
As well, the Washington Wizards will be more towards Golden State's end of the stick as far competition.
But in fact, Washington came out victorious in both games they played against the Warriors.
A one Gilbert Arenas started at point guard early on in the season and went for 45 and 13 against GSW, and later on it was Shaun Livingston going for 21 and 8. But how did Curry do?
The Good: 27.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.5spg, 4.0 three's (53.3%), 50.0% FG, 100% FT
The Bad: 4.0apg, 2.0 TOpg
6. Golden State Warriors Vs. Chicago Bulls
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Both newly arranged depth charts will be looking to improve off of last season's shortcomings. Derrick Rose is another young point guard for Curry to size up.
Only a year more experienced, but Rose came out of his sophomore year unscathed of the sophomore slump. For Curry, it's still a mystery.
Last year the series was split between the teams, each taking the victory on their home court. So how did the guards stack up?
The Good: 16.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.5 three's (45.5%), 100% FT
The Bad: 3.5apg, 2.5 TOpg, 1.0spg
The Good: 17.0ppg
The Bad: 4.5apg, 3.5 TOpg, 60.0% FT, 34.2% FG
5. Golden State Warriors Vs. Utah Jazz
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Not only a chance for Stephen Curry to prove himself against one of the best point guards in the NBA, but a chance for the Warriors to test themselves against a top-tier Western Conference team.
Last year the Utah Jazz won all three games against Golden State by at least ten points in each.
This will be a good way for Golden State to measure their improvement, especially if they can pull off a win next season.
The Good: 15.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 6.3apg, 1.7spg, 1.7 three's, 90.9% FT
The Bad: 5.3 TOpg, 37.5% FG, 35.7% 3pt
The Good: 12.3apg, 1.7spg
The Bad: 9.0ppg, 3.7 TOpg, 25.0% FG, 30.0% 3pt, 66.7% FT
4. Golden State Warrios Vs. New Orleans Hornets
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Another test with the best, this should be an uptempo match-up. Both teams will be looking to see how newcomers (Ariza and Lee) fit in to their new environments.
Last year Chris Paul played but in 45 games all season. The Hornets took the series with the Warriors 3-1, going 2-0 with Chris Paul in the lineup. The one loss was in a high scoring affair in Oakland - for which Curry actually sat out due to a sprained ankle...
The Good: 14.7ppg, 6.0rpg, 7.0apg, 2.0spg, 2.0 three's (50.0%), 100% FT
The Bad: 3.7 TOpg
The Good: 29.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 8.0apg, 2.0spg, 61.1% FG
The Bad: 28.6% 3pt, 80.0% FT, 3.5 TOpg
3. Golden State Warriors Vs. Milwaukee Bucks
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This match-up features last year's Rookie of the Year "Runners Up" in a fast-paced game. Jennings and Curry will go head-to-head, but this time as Sophomores.
Which one will have the slump? Both? Neither?
Last year, Brandon Jennings lit up Golden State for 55 points in a high-scoring affair. Milwaukee did take the series 2-0 overall. Can Curry do a better job of shutting down Jennings this time? How did their performances match up?
The Good: 16.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.0spg, 50.0% FG, 50.0% 3pt, 100% FT
The Bad: 3.0apg (2.5 TOpg), 1.5 three's
The Ugly: 11 total fouls
The Good: 40.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 6.0apg, 2.0spg, 5.0 three's (76.9%), 56.0% FG
The Bad: 5.5 TOpg
2. Golden State Warriors Vs. Sacramento Kings
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Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans competing against Rookie of the Year Runner Up Stephen Curry should be an exciting match-up next year.
Evans will be out to prove voters right, and Curry will be out to prove voters wrong. In a game against each other, their true colors will come out.
What happened last year? The teams split the four game series, defending their home courts. What did the RoY candidates do?
The Good: 18.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 7.8apg, 1.8spg, 52.7% FG
The Bad: 33.3% 3pt, 66.7% FT
The Good: 22.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 5.5apg, 2.5spg, 86.7% FT
The Bad: 3.8 TOpg
1. Golden State Warriors Vs. Phoenix Suns
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It's no surprise that the annual scoring contest will be an exciting game to watch. But not only does it have potential (potential? more like guaranteed) to be a high-scoring event, it is a great match-up for Stephen Curry.
Having the privilege to play against Steve Nash should be very beneficial for Curry, and should be an extravaganza of Old Vs. New.
Their rosters are both a little shaken up from a season ago, but the results last year were hardly a surprise with Phoenix taking the series 3-1. But check out the scores:
Oct. 30: PHO 123, GSW 101
Dec. 26: GSW 132, PHO 127
Jan. 23: PHO 112, GSW 103
Mar. 22: PHO 133, GSW 131
There's no denying the facts. These teams struggle defensively, but hey, it makes for a fun game to watch and an exciting box score to look at for fantasy owners. Let's look at the point guards in particular:
The Good: 16.0ppg, 4.5apg (1.5 TOpg), 2.0spg, 2.8 three's (52.4%), 100% FT
The Bad: 42.4% FG
The Good: 22.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 11.8apg, 3.3 three's (43.3%)
The Bad: 4.5 TOpg, 80.0% FT