The Warriors get their crack at three games in three nights, starting Friday in Dallas. And rookie point guard Charles Jenkins, who figures to get lots of minutes, is already preparing himself for the grueling stretch.
Lots of sleep. Lots of water. And healthy eating -- which means his sweet tooth needs to be conquered this weekend.
"No candy," said Jenkins, who acknowledged he's not above a bag of M&Ms first thing in the morning. "The key is to try to get as much rest as possible. And trying to stay hydrated, kind of take care of your body."
As part of the lockout-shortened season, all 30 teams have to play at least one back-to-back-to-back set. And 12 got the privilege of doing it twice. Golden State is the last team yet to play three games in three nights.
So far, teams are 61-62 in those games. Oddly enough, the combined record in the first games (21-20) of back-to-back-to-back sets is identical to the record in the third games (21-20).
As expected, the league's best teams did well in the three-game sets. Miami swept its set, all on the road and all by at least 15 points. Oklahoma City and Chicago also went 3-0.
San Antonio did the unconscionable and went 6-0, four of those on the road.
"We have great depth," Spurs guard Gary Neal told Fox Sports Southwest. "That allows you to go on a three-game road trip and go 3-0. Timmy (Duncan) played 12 minutes in the first game and didn't play this game at
Take out the four best teams in the NBA, recordwise, and the numbers get ugly: 46-62. Of the 12 teams that played two back-to-back-to-back sets, the only teams with winning records were the Spurs and Atlanta Hawks (5-1), whose only loss was a triple-overtime defeat to Miami. Washington went 0-6.
The Warriors, down to 10 healthy bodies and four rookies in the starting lineup, don't have San Antonio's luxury of depth. And with Nate Robinson battling right hamstring pain, leaving him doubtful for Friday, Jenkins might not have a backup.
Jenkins said he will keep his same routine, which includes being the first one to the arena. Three hours before tipoff, well before the veterans dominate the court, Jenkins does his personal pregame workout.
But since his basketball routine will remain the same, Jenkins said other stuff has to be cut out. No partying. No visiting family or friends.
"No way," he said. "I definitely don't think anyone will have time for that."
The Warriors were scheduled to arrive at their hotel Thursday at about 8 p.m. Dallas time, leaving them free until the 11 a.m. shootaround on Friday. After that, the schedule gets tough.
After playing Dallas, the Warriors are scheduled to take an 11:30 p.m. flight to Houston and check into their hotel at 1 a.m. No shootaround is planned for Saturday, but team breakfast is scheduled for 11 a.m. After playing Houston, Golden State is to board a flight to Minnesota at 11 p.m. and will check into the hotel after 2 a.m. Sunday.
One more 11 a.m. team breakfast is scheduled before taking on Minnesota at 6 p.m. local time.
"I've felt the three games in a row," Denver guard Andre Miller told the Los Angeles Times. "That was tough. I had nothing in the tank on the third game."