On Dec. 22, the Golden State Warriors will open the season in Brooklyn against the Nets. Along with the first game of the 2020-21 campaign, Golden State’s tilt with Brooklyn is slated to serve as Kevin Durant’s first chance at playing time with the Nets.
After signing a four-year, $164 million contract over the 2019 offseason, Durant missed his entire first season in Brooklyn due to the Achilles injury he suffered in the 2019 NBA Finals with Golden State.
With Brooklyn’s only trip to Chase Center in 2019 getting canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Durant and the Nets will travel to San Francisco for ] Durant’s first return to the Bay Area on Feb. 13.
During his three seasons with the Warriors, Durant averaged 25.8 points on 52.4% shooting from the field with 7.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.5 blocks per contest. Along with winning a pair of championships, Durant earned NBA Finals Most Valuable Player honors twice with Golden State.
Before joining Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green in Golden State, Durant notched 35 or more points in 10 different contests against the Warriors over his career. In 2014, the then Oklahoma City Thunder forward tallied a career-high 54 points on 19-of-28 shooting from the field with six assists, four rebounds and two steals in 43 minutes.
On his way to scoring 37 points during a game between the Thunder and Warriors in 2016, Durant matched another career-high performance with seven 3-pointers.
The Saturday night primetime matchup against Durant, Kyrie Irving and the Nets will come during a four-game homestand in Golden State.
View Golden State’s full schedule of the first 37 games via @warriorsPR on Twitter:
The first 37 games of Golden State’s 2020-21 schedule include 14 National TV appearances. The Warriors open the season at Brooklyn on Dec. 22 (TNT) and play on their 8th consecutive Christmas Day (at Milwaukee on ABC). Golden State’s home opener is on New Year’s Day vs. Portland. pic.twitter.com/SowBJSMfaR
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) December 4, 2020
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