Top Home Games of 2013-14: No. 11 vs. GSW
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m.
Other 2013-14 games between these two teams
Tuesday, Dec. 17, New Orleans at Golden State
Saturday, Jan. 18, Golden State at New Orleans
Why it’s on the list
A relative NBA afterthought in recent years, the Warriors leaped into the spotlight last season, staking a claim as one of the league’s most exciting teams. High-scoring Golden State benefited from a breakthrough performance by point guard Stephen Curry, who electrified fans during the regular season with a 54-point game at Madison Square Garden. He was just as impressive in the playoffs, tallying 30-plus points three times during entertaining series vs. favored Denver and San Antonio.
With the additions of athletic young players Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans, New Orleans is much better equipped to hang with Golden State in a fast-paced, high-scoring game – if that’s what develops. The Pelicans will need to rely on their team defense and shot-blockers like Anthony Davis and Greg Stiemsma to try to slow down the likes of Curry, David Lee, Klay Thompson and Warriors newcomer Andre Iguodala.
Incidentally, Pelicans shooting guard Anthony Morrow played for the Warriors in 2008-09 and 2009-10. Curry is the only Golden State player still remaining from that 2009-10 squad.
What’s new in Golden State
The Warriors’ success last season was partly due to the veteran contributions off the bench of former New Orleans players Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry, but both have signed elsewhere. However, Iguodala figures to be a superb addition to the Golden State starting lineup, as a swingman who excels on both ends of the floor. The Warriors also made several under-the-radar acquisitions this summer that could help compensate for the departures of Jack and Landry. Power forward Marreese Speights, point guard Toney Douglas and 17-year NBA center Jermaine O’Neal could help out off the bench for Coach Mark Jackson.