War­riors still team to beat in West

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS - (AP)

And now we know: It worked. The big ques­tion at this time last sea­son was about Golden State and how it would work when tak­ing a high-oc­tane team and adding a dy­namic scorer like Kevin Du­rant to the mix. Pun­dits won­dered how the shots would be dis­trib­uted, who would take the big shots in crunch time, how would Du­rant fare along­side another MVP in Stephen Curry.

The an­swer came in June, when the War­riors hoisted their sec­ond cham­pi­onship tro­phy in three years.

Another sea­son has ar­rived, the West­ern Con­fer­ence looks loaded yet again, and Golden State is go­ing to be prac­ti­cally ev­ery­one’s pick to fin­ish atop the heap yet again.

“We don’t have guys that are self­ish at all, that are jeal­ous of any­body else’s suc­cess or go­ing to cre­ate drama if they get five shots one game and 15 shots the next game,” Curry said. “As long as we win.”

It may not be as easy this sea­son, and the War­riors are wel­com­ing that chal­lenge.

Hous­ton has gone all-in on a ti­tle chase, giv­ing up seven play­ers, a fu­ture first-round pick and cash to bring Chris Paul over from the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers to join James Harden in a back­court that can match up with any other – the War­riors’ duo of Curry and Klay Thomp­son in­cluded. And Ok­la­homa City has the reign­ing MVP in Rus­sell West­brook, plus two new peren­nial All-Stars in Paul Ge­orge and Carmelo An­thony who have re­lo­cated to re­sume their ring-chas­ing.

So there are new looks out West.

The War­riors are largely the same, with good rea­son.

Stephen Curry

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