The Golden State Warriors are set to face the San Antonio Spurs in the 2016-17 NBA season opening campaign on Tuesday night at the Oracle Arena.
Live Stream: NBC Sports
Schedule: October 25, 2016, Tuesday 10:30 p.m. ET
Projected Starting Lineup
Golden State Warriors: PG- Stephen Curry, SG- Klay Thompson, SF- Kevin Durant, PF- Draymond Green, C- Zaza Pachulia
San Antonio Spurs: PG- Tony Parker SG- Kyle Anderson, SF- Kawhi Leonard, PF- LaMarcus Aldridge, C- Pau Gasol
The San Antonio Spurs will be entering the 2016-17 NBA season without Tim Duncan on their team. ‘The Big Fundamental’ announced retirement this summer after 19 seasons. Still, the Spurs have managed to find his replacement, Pau Gasol, in the recent free agency.
“I don’t have that pressure,” Gasol told Bleacher Report. “Things change. People are different. And you have to be true to yourself and always give your best, and that’s what I’m going to try to do.”
In the ESPN Summer Forecast, the Spurs are projected to finish in the second spot in the Western Conference with a win-loss record of 57-25. However, without Duncan, they are still questionable threatening the reigning West champs Golden State Warriors, who added Kevin Durant on their team.
After KD made the announcement on The Player’s Tribune, the Warriors quickly became the favorite to win the 2017 NBA championship title. However, in order to acquire another superstar, they needed to sacrifice some of their players, including Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli, Marreese Speights, Leandro Barbosa, and Andrew Bogut.
The recent preseason games showed what the fans should expect from the improved record-breaker Golden State Warriors. The combination of Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Stephen Curry creates a ‘scary trio’ on the offensive end.
The Warriors are going to be scary this season 👀😬 pic.twitter.com/eEAHCPooET
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 22, 2016
Though most people expect the Warriors to win, the Spurs are expected to give a tough fight in their Western rivals. Can the Duncan-less Spurs stop the Warriors’ ‘Super Team’?
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