Over the last few seasons, as the NBA puts together the regular season schedules, they've attempted to reduce each team's total travel miles.
Last season, the Warriors had to make two trips to New York in order to play the the Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets. On Nov. 19, as part of an East Coast swing, the Warriors played the Knicks at MSG. But they didn't check off Brooklyn on that trip. Instead, the NBA made the Warriors travel to Brooklyn for a Feb. 26 matchup.
For the upcoming 2018-19 season, the NBA has fixed that issue. At the end of the first month of the season, the Warriors leave Oakland and head to New York to face the Knicks on Oct. 26. Two days later, they face the Nets in Brooklyn.
Head coach Steve Kerr likes the new schedule. His wife, Margot, does not. Kerr explained in an interview with Bob Fitzgerald on KNBR 680 on Friday.
"I think it's a good thing. My wife is not real thrilled. She's from New York and she wanted two separate trips to New York," Kerr said jokingly. "You know, we're not too concerned with Margot. We're more concerned with Steph and KD."
The New York-Brooklyn trip this season is a three-game East Coast trip that wraps up on Monday, Oct. 29 in Chicago.
Check out an up-close look at the Warriors' 2018-19 schedule, courtesy of Monte Poole.
The good news continues to roll in for the Warriors.
On the day the Dubs get back Draymond Green after an 11-game absence, DeMarcus Cousins rehabbed his Achilles with the Santa Cruz Warriors, Golden State's G-League affiliate, on Monday and came out confident about his progress.
“If my life depended on it, I can go out and play a game,” Cousins told Logan Murdock of the Mercury News. "I want to be 100 percent or as close to 100 percent as I can be. I want my body in tip-top shape -- it’s not even about the Achilles. It’s about my other body parts and making sure everything is fine-tuned and in the best shape possible to go out and play a full game.”
Cousins, who initially tore his Achilles nearly 11 months ago, did not mention when he potentially would make his season debut. Cousins participated in 5-on-5 practices Monday, and Santa Cruz coach Aaron Miles said Boogie “looked good.” But whenever Cousins does come back to the NBA, he says his Achilles is the last thing on his mind.
“[There was] no nervousness at all," he said. “I’m more worried about pulling a hammy or something like that. It’s been a while since I’ve played and reacted. The Achilles is the least of my worries.”
Cousins will attend the Warriors-Timberwolves game Monday night in Oakland before practicing again in Santa Cruz on Wednesday. The progress Boogie makes this week in Santa Cruz likely will be the final determination about when he will return to the big club.
The Warriors currently are first in the West, get one All-Star back and have another returning soon. It’s nice to have an embarrassment of riches, eh?
After going 3-2 on their season-long-tying five-game road trip, the Warriors return home to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at Oracle Arena Monday night.
Golden State (18-9) will get a consider boost as Draymond Green returns to the lineup after missing the last 11 games with a sprained toe. The Warriors went 6-5 without their starting power forward, but they've reeled off three consecutive victories entering Monday's contest with the Timberwolves.
Minnesota (13-13) stumbled out of the gates to begin the season, but the Timberwolves have since recovered. They've won six of their last eight games to get back to .500.
Here's how you can watch Warriors-Timberwolves, as well as NBC Sports Bay Area's pregame and postgame coverage, live on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.
When: 7:30 p.m. PT on Monday, Dec. 10 (pregame show starts at 6:30 p.m.)
TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live Stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app
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