The Warriors' playoff push begins in earnest on March 11.
That's when Golden State will begin the second half of the season, the NBA announced Wednesday, playing against the LA Clippers at Staples Center. It's the first of 36 games the Warriors will play as they try to solidify themselves as a Western Conference contender.
Here's the Warriors' full schedule for the second half of the regular season.
The Warriors will get their first glimpse at the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia 76ers on March 23 at Chase Center, after not playing one another during the first half of the regular season. Golden State didn't play against the Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Pelicans, either, and they'll square off with each potential NBA playoffs play-in opponent three times.
Three games each against the Houston Rockets (14th in the Western Conference) and Oklahoma City Thunder (13th in the West), plus two against the Washington Wizards (13th in the Eastern Conference) and a pair against the Atlanta Hawks (11th in the East) offer ample opportunities for the Warriors to pad their win-loss record, which could prove vital in the crowded Western Conference.
The Warriors will conclude the second half of the regular season on May 16 when they host the Grizzlies. By then, we'll surely know if Golden State's playoff drought has extended another year.
The NBA's play-in tournament for the Nos. 7-10 seeds will take place from May 18-21, and the 2021 playoffs will begin May 22.