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Warriors release 2011-'12 season schedule

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Warriors release 2011-'12 season schedule

WARRIORS 2011-12 SCHEDULE

The NBA announced the 2011-2012 season schedule for all teams, including the Golden State Warriors, who open their regular season at home on Christmas Day against the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Warriors will then host the Bulls, Knicks, and 76ers before hitting the road on Jan. 2 for contests in Phoenix, San Antonio, and L.A. to take on Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.

Some other notable nuggets from the Warriors' 2011-'12 schedule:

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- The Warriors won't play in Miami, only hosting LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh on Jan. 10 vs. Miami Heat.

- The Warriors' longest road trip of the season is six games, from Feb. 22-March 5, when they travel to Phoenix, Indiana, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Washington.

- The Warriors have only one back-to-back-to-back, coming on April 20-22 against the defending champion Mavericks, Rockets, and Timberwolves.

- The Warriors play 10 of their 16 April games on the road and their 6 home games are all against 2010-'11 playoff teams.

Steve Kerr uses playing cards as his latest pregame prop for Warriors news

Steve Kerr uses playing cards as his latest pregame prop for Warriors news

For his latest trick, Steve Kerr brought out a deck of cards Friday night in Oakland. 

With Kevin Durant and Draymond Green out against the Bulls, Kerr was ready to announce who would replace them. Get your phones ready reporters.

"You guys ready to tweet?" Kerr asked reporters. "We're gonna start Omri and Jordan Bell." 

Kerr then began to shuffle his deck of cards and said, "As soon as you're down tweeting, we'll resume human contact. But in the meantime, stare at your phones, ignore me, I'm just practicing my shuffling." 

Casspi, in his first year with the Warriors, is averaging 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game through 15 games. The rookie Bell has played in 12 games and is averaging 3.2 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. 

Friday night is Bell's first career start. 

Kerr's pregame prop list now includes a nail clipper, a Rubbik's cube, a slinky, and playing cards. 

Bell, Casspi to start in absence of All-Stars

Bell, Casspi to start in absence of All-Stars

OAKLAND -- The massive task of replacing All-Star forwards Kevin Durant and Draymond Green in the Warriors lineup Friday night against the Bulls falls to veteran Omri Casspi and rookie Jordan Bell.

It’s the first career start for Bell, who was a healthy scratch in each of the last three games. He will be facing the team that drafted him last June specifically to sell his rights to the Warriors for $3.5 million.

“I’ve been wanting to get him active and play him anyway,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said prior to tipoff. “But with Draymond out, to me, it’s a pretty easy choice.”

Bell indicated he would not be particularly motivated against the team that drafted him, adding that he won’t be seeking any sort of vindication.

“They made it clear that they didn’t want me, so I don’t take it to heart,” Bell said after shootaround Friday morning. “They didn’t draft me and sell me. They just drafted me for the Warriors.”

Though Durant is out to rest his left ankle, sprained last Saturday in Philadelphia, Green simply has been given the night off. Kerr indicated there will be other occasions for which he will rest Green.

Durant missed only one game last week but returned Wednesday at Oklahoma City. His ankle did not respond well in the wake of that game, so he gets another day off.

Casspi replaced Durant in the starting lineup last Sunday at Brooklyn, producing 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks over 23 minutes.

This is the first absence of the season for Green. It won’t be the last, as Kerr plans to rest all starters at various points of the season.