December 2, 2011
Warriors To Tip Off 2011-12 Season On Christmas Night Versus Clippers At Oracle Arena
Contest Will Be Televised On ESPN As Finale Of Five-Game National TV Slate On League’s Opening Night
The Golden State Warriors will host the Los Angeles Clippers on Christmas Night in the finale of a five-game slate of nationally televised games to tip off the 2011-12 NBA season, contingent on timely ratification of the new collective bargaining agreement, the league announced today. The contest, which is set for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff on ESPN, marks the first time that a Warriors Opening Night game will be nationally televised.
This will mark the second year in a row that the Warriors have played on Christmas Night, and the 12th time overall since the team moved West in 1962. Last year, the Warriors defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 109-102 to snap a six-game Christmas Night losing streak that dated back to 1971. The team is 4-7 in its previous 11 games on December 25 since 1962.
Information regarding ticket sales for the Christmas Night game will be announced in the near future. The Warriors remaining schedule is set to be unveiled on Tuesday, December 6 at 4 p.m. (Pacific).