NBA rumors: Warriors to open Chase Center vs. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers

NBA rumors: Warriors to open Chase Center vs. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers

The last time Kawhi Leonard was in the Bay Area, he closed out Oracle Arena.

The next time he'll be in the Bay Area, he will open up Chase Center.

The New York Times' Marc Stein reported Friday that the Warriors will play their first game in their new building against Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday, Oct. 24.

Both Leonard and the Warriors are in very different situations since the last time they faced each other on June 13.

Leonard left the NBA champion Toronto Raptors for his hometown Clippers and brought MVP finalist Paul George with him, while the Warriors lost Kevin Durant to the Brooklyn Nets and traded away Andre Iguodala, among other moves.

All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson won't suit up for the Warriors as he recovers from a torn left ACL.

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The Oct. 24 matchup against the Clippers is the second Warriors game that reportedly has been revealed on Friday. ESPN's Tim McMahon reported that the Warriors will host the Houston Rockets on Christmas Day.

The full 2019-20 NBA schedule should be released sometime in the next few weeks.

Steph Curry wants to drop 22 3s when Warriors open season vs. Clippers


Steph Curry wants to drop 22 3s when Warriors open season vs. Clippers

The Warriors are prepping to open up the 2019-20 season in some new digs at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The team is going to do it with some nice new uniforms as well.

Leading it all will be Steph Curry who is more than ready to get started. He even gave a bold prediction that he's going to make it rain from the arch on opening night as the team plays host to the Los Angeles Clippers:

The six-time All-Star suggests nothing but buckets during a GoDaddy launch even in the San Francisco.

His wife, Ayesha, responded perfectly with a simple "Wow, OK."

But we appreciate the confidence. 

Curry's teammate Klay Thompson still hosts the NBA single-game record with his 14-three pointer performance last October, but Steph is right behind him with 13.

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First thing's first: If anyone is going to drain 22 threes, it's Steph. And if that's the case, and he doesn't reach that checkpoint, perhaps he'll reach just enough threes to surpass Klay and leave him quiet for a while. At least until he comes back from injury.

Either way, expect a show on opening night.

Warriors star Steph Curry says winning third NBA MVP 'would be special'

Warriors star Steph Curry says winning third NBA MVP 'would be special'

The last player to win at least three NBA MVP awards was LeBron James when he took home the trophy for a fourth time in the 2012-13 season. 

Steph Curry is ready to add to his trophy case. The Warriors' start point guard came up short in his attempt to three-peat as a champion last season, but he has a third MVP on his mind this year.

"At the end of the day, winning an MVP would be special," Curry said Tuesday to ESPN's Rachel Nichols on "The Jump." "And it's something that -- I've experienced before and would love to experience again.

"I'd love to push the envelope and push the limits a little bit."

Curry averaged 23.8 points and 7.7 assists per game while shooting 44.3 percent from the 3-point line in his first of two MVP seasons. He's averaged more points per game in every season since, and his 27.3 points per game last season were the second-highest of his career. 

With Kevin Durant gone and Klay Thompson out for several months with a torn ACL, Curry is expected to see plenty of shots and could put up huge numbers. Curry was seen putting up shots late Monday night at the Warriors practice facility in San Francisco and seems locked in on silencing the Dubs' doubters. 

[RELATED: Steph fires back after KD's criticism of Warriors offense]

"I always say, I'm playing like I'm the best player on the floor no matter what the situation is," Curry said to Nichols. "That's my mentality. It might not mean I'm taking every shot, but that's the aggressiveness that I need to play with and the confidence I need to have." 

This will be a whole different Warriors team than in past years, but it could also be the return of MVP Steph.