The Brooklyn Nets play host to the Golden State Warriors at Barclays Center and the Los Angeles Lakers will host the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center in the NBA season opener on Wednesday, December 23.
The Nets are looking to make a statement this NBA season with a new-look roster and a healthy Kevin Durant. He starts his campaign against his old team, Golden State Warriors who have some injury concerns heading into this game.
The 2020 NBA Champions the LA Lakers are facing their cross-town rival the Clippers who underperformed last season, particularly in the finals series.
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Golden State Warriors v Brooklyn Nets
Kevin Durant will see some familiar faces in his return to the court on Tuesday when he leads the Brooklyn Nets into their season opener against Stephen Curry and the visiting Golden State Warriors. Durant won two NBA Finals MVP trophies and two championships with Golden State before leaving in free agency following the 2018-19 season to join the Nets. Durant, however, has yet to play a game since rupturing his Achilles in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals. Kyrie Irving had an abbreviated first season in Brooklyn before an injured shoulder knocked him out in early February. The Nets were swept aside in the first round of the playoffs, leading to the hiring of Steve Nash as the team’s new coach. Nash’s first task for Brooklyn will be to keep tabs on Curry, who played in just five games in 2019-20 before a broken hand ended his season. The loss of the two-time NBA MVP wounded the Warriors, who limped to a league-worst 15-50 record. Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre Jr. are expected to add scoring punch for Golden State, which will be without Draymond Green due to a mild muscle strain in his right foot.
Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers
It will be the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers up against a Los Angeles Clippers team with something to prove in a must-see season opener Tuesday. The Lakers have superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis refreshed and on big-money contract extensions, with Davis getting a five-year, $190 million deal. The Lakers also have added center Marc Gasol and guard Dennis Schroder to help carry some of the load, but the most intriguing addition is forward Montrezl Harrell, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year who came over from the Clippers in free agency. The Clippers won the 2019-20 season opener between the teams by a 112-102 score, but the Lakers found their stride when it counted, owning the NBA bubble near Orlando, Fla., to take the title. The Clippers parted ways with head coach Doc Rivers at the end of last season and put Tyronn Lue in charge. Lue coached James to a title in 2016 when the two were in Cleveland. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George made the Clippers look like a title contender last season, but the team’s flameout in the Western Conference semifinals leaves some unfinished business for this season. The Clippers have intriguing new additions as well, veteran center Serge Ibaka and shooting guard Luke Kennard.