NBA Season Predictions: Which teams will make the 2019 NBA Finals?

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Curry scored 32 points with nine assists and eight rebounds while Durant had 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists as the Warriors held off a fourth-quarter fightback to make a triumphant launch to their quest for a third consecutive crown.

Golden State and Cleveland won Game 7s on the road before the Warriors swept the Cavaliers for their second straight title.

"I know it's easy to look at that type of [expletive] because it's the entertainment side". Just a day earlier, he said during "Inside the NBA" that the only thing that could keep the Warriors from a three-peat were injuries, hurricanes, tornadoes, snowstorms,"some man-made Chernobyl", or typhoons. "I'm a lot more sure of myself and confident and just relaxed", he said.

The sense I got from the Warriors was that they found Durant unknowable - and were afraid even much of last season he would leave. However, when you factor in his performance previous year, a huge dip in efficiency and a substantial injury, it's not hard to see why the Warriors were reluctant to bring out the Brinks truck. I knew what to expect. If it's the first time I'm seeing y'all, I don't mind answering.

Stephen Curry does not expect to get apathetic about celebrating titles, but hopes someone "smacks some sense into me" if he does.

"STOP REACHING lmaooo that's what y'all do for likes no days bro come on now lol it's better stuff to post". "I think we're ready for it".

Oklahoma City All-Star forward Paul George dealt with a similar situation previous year when he was constantly bombarded with questions about his pending free agency. "I was just happy to get back on the floor".

While Durant is only one of two Golden State all-stars headed for unrestricted free agency next summer - the other being Klay Thompson - he is the one that feels available for other teams to pursue.

The observers watch the duels expected in the face of the Los Angeles Lakers, who can now count on the backing of LeBron James.

Curry acknowledged the Warriors were not in peak condition for the start of the season, but he has no doubt they will stay on an upward trajectory.

Still, Durant likes where the Warriors are at.