In 2007 playoffs, the underdog Warriors started the first round of the playoffs in a place that was nearly impossible to get a win: American Airlines Center. Dallas was 36-5 at home during the regular season, but the Warriors managed a split. So when they came home, it made for a surreal setting. The crowd was in third-quarter form two hours before tip-off. And when the Warriors went on a run, the place got so loud you couldn’t hear yourself think.
Fast forward six years. The underdog Warriors started the first round in a place that was nearly impossible to get a win: the Pepsi Center. Despite the fact that Denver (38-3 at home during the regular season) had won 24 straight at home, the Warriors pulled off a split. Now, they come home to what is expected to be an electric Oracle Arena.
The banners are already up on each side, with more inside. The Warriors are preparing for what figures to be one of the most electric atmospheres in the NBA. A few details:
* Each seat will have gold t-shirts, as was the case in 2007. Four kinds of shirts will be given out, all reading “We Are Warriors” across the front.
* For the upper level section, 10,000 thunder sticks will be handed out.
* For Game
3 4, coach Mark Jackson’s wife — gospel singer Desiree Coleman Jackson — will sing the national anthem.
* The Warriors will play videos featuring Warriors legends throughout both games. Several who have had big playoff games for the Warriors (Chris Mullin, Sleepy Floyd, etc.) will take a trip down memory lane on the big screen.
* The Warriors, during player introductions, will darken the arena and ask fans who have downloaded the GSW Mobile App to pull up the “gold screen.” The hope is to get thousands of gold screens waiving in the dark like lighters at a concert.
* Cheer cards will be handed out to fans CSN Bay Area will air their pre-game, halftime and post-game shows outside of Oracle on the Plaza Level. We are distributing “cheer cards” to all of the fans who stand around in camera angle.