10 must-see Warriors games on their 2018-19 NBA schedule
10) Feb. 13 at the Blazers
Who doesn't want to see Kevin Durant and CJ McCollum take their podcast/Twitter beef onto the court and fight? Kidding, of course.
This matchup is the last of four between the Warriors and Blazers, and it's the final game before the All-Star break. Last year on Feb. 14 in Portland (the final game before the All-Star break), Durant scored 50 points (on 27 shots) but the Warriors lost 123-117.
9) April 9 at the Pelicans
When free agency opened, did the Pelicans GM offer DeMarcus Cousins a contract? "Only me and Dell Demps know what was said on the phone that night. We both know the truth." This is what DeMarcus Cousins said during his introductory press conference in Oakland.
This matchup is the penultimate game of the season, and it's quite possible the Warriors already will have their playoff seed wrapped up. If that's the case, Steve Kerr might rest some key players and let Cousins shoot the ball 47 times. A classic revenge game is brewing ...
8) Dec. 12 vs. the Raptors
The last time Kawhi Leonard played at Oracle Arena, he hobbled off the floor in Game 1 of the 2017 Western Conference finals with the Spurs leading by 23 points in the third quarter.
This matchup is the last meeting between the Warriors and Raptors (they play in Toronto on Nov. 29), unless they face each other in the NBA Finals.
Although the majority of people believe the Celtics are the favorites in the East, ESPN's Kevin Pelton projects the Raptors to win the most games in the JV conference.
7) March 16 at the Thunder
It's the only time Kevin Durant -- aka "The Cupcake" -- will play in OKC during the regular season.
He's played at Chesapeake Energy Arena three times over the last two seasons. His point totals -- 34, 21 and 34.
6) Jan. 31 vs. the 76ers
Joel Embiid comes to the Bay Area once a year. And when he's in town, you watch him play.
The NBA's best follow on social media scored just 12 points at Oracle Arena last season.
The Sixers are behind the Celtics and Raptors in the East, unless Embiid and Ben Simmons deliver monster seasons.
5) Jan. 21 at the Lakers
It's MLK Day, and it's the first matchup in Los Angeles (the other is on April 4) between the Warriors and Lakers.
It's Steph Curry versus the guy who never will be better than Steph Curry, despite what a certain dad might say ...
4) Oct. 16 vs. the Thunder
It's Opening Night, and the Warriors will raise their third NBA championship banner in the last four years.
Don't pencil in a win for the home team, because the last two openers haven't gone well for the Warriors -- they lost to the Spurs by 29 points in Kevin Durant's debut, and they lost to the Rockets last year, too.
3) Nov. 15 at the Rockets
It's the first time Draymond Green and the Warriors will be in Houston since winning Game 7 of last year's Western Conference finals.
It's the first of four matchups (Jan. 3 and Feb. 23 at Oracle and March 13 in Houston) between the teams that most people believe will face each other again in the West finals.
I don't think we will see that rematch ...
2) Dec. 25 vs. the Lakers
Christmas Day. LeBron versus the Warriors. Enough said.
The biggest storyline will be how many Warriors fans decide to sell their tickets at a premium to eager Lakers fans ...
1) Jan. 26 at the Celtics
It's No. 1 because it's a preview of the NBA Finals matchup the world deserves (please, please stay healthy everybody) to see. The Warriors lost in Boston last year, but Steph Curry got revenge when the Celtics came to town in January.
In that matchup, the two-time MVP dropped 49 points while shooting 16 of 24 overall. Kyrie Irving also was sensational (37 points and 13-of-18 shooting) for Boston.
As for a return engagement, the Warriors will host the Celtics on March 5 (which could have been No. 1 on this list, so it's really 1a or 1b).
Can the season start tomorrow, please?!