Warriors schedule highlights: Kevin Durant’s return, most critical stretch

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 10: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors drives against LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during their preseason game at T-Mobile Arena on October 10, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Lakers defeated the Warriors 123-113. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The Warriors announced the first half of their 2020-21 season schedule Friday, with the second half of the schedule expected to be released near the All-Star break in March. Here are some takeaways from the first 37 games of Golden State’s slate.

No relief early

With four road games to start the season, the Warriors won’t play at Chase Center until New Year’s Day, and their first two games are against Eastern Conference contenders in the Brooklyn Nets (tipping the season on Dec. 22) and Milwaukee Bucks (Dec. 25). More, 10 of their first 14 games are against teams that made the playoffs last season, highlighted by a nationally televised matchup with the Lakers in Los Angeles on Jan. 18. Fortunately for them, they’ll return to San Francisco after the four-game trip for a seven-game homestand that features mini-series against the Portland Trail Blazers (Jan. 1 and 3) and Los Angeles Clippers (Jan. 7 and 8).

After a nine-month break between last season and this, the Warriors won’t have time to shake off the rust. Right away, a young Warriors team will have a sense of where they stack up…

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