Kurtenbach: The 9 games I’m circling on the Warriors’ 2022-23 schedule

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – MAY 13: Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) drives against Memphis Grizzlies’ Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) in the third quarter of Game 6 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series at Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, May 13, 2022. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 110-96. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

The NBA schedule is out, and while we can’t go contest-by-contest and pick who wins, we can circle a few dates on the Warriors’ calendar of 82 games.

We could start with opening night, but I won’t. Enjoy the banner raising and ring ceremony, but I’m not actually looking forward to a game against the Western Conference’s 11th seed from last year. Why did the league schedule a patsy for that game? Shameful.

Here are the nine games I am actually excited to watch this upcoming season.

11/27/22 — Warriors @ Timberwolves
» The Wolves are going for it this season, looking to up the emotional high that is winning a play-in game. Then again, Minnesota’s idea of “going for it” is making the biggest move of the offseason (to date) by trading four first-round picks for Rudy Gobert. I’m excited to see Steph Curry cook Gobert’s drop coverage for 32 minutes, while Karl Anthony-Towns spends the entire game outside the 3-point arc, lest Draymond Green makes him cry in the post. Anthony Edwards is cool, though. It’ll be…

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