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Warriors have set their starting lineup for opener against Thunder

Warriors have set their starting lineup for opener against Thunder

The operating champion of NBA "Golden state" after the sensational signing of Demarcus Cousins gathered in the team's five active participants of the all-star game and collapsed in the bookmakers odds on its title.

In all three debuts, James' teams have lost but it is not surprising considering they all get off to slow starts.

"That's the thing I'm most proud of with our team", Curry said. "Shaun is questionable. Draymond only played one and a half games I think and needs more conditioning".

Working him into the line-up once he returns could add some zest to the regular season for Golden State, who have so far avoided complacency from seeping in despite their dominance.

Now, surrounded by veteran leaders, blossoming talent and arguably the best player on the planet in LeBron James, Ingram will no longer carry the burden of being the Lakers' go-to option.

"We understand that winning a championship is attainable if we take care of our business, and doing it three years in a row is a tremendous opportunity for us that we should go after".

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For Thompson and Stephen Curry, both of whom have spent their entire careers with Golden State, the move will usher in a new era and will give them a chance to win their fourth title in five years, possibly at Oracle Arena.

The Warriors are the best team and the Rockets had the best record, but the best player is now in L.A.

This season's team will split the difference between last season's "Ugh, do we have to?" campaign and the 2015-16 tour de force.

The Warriors totaled 47 turnovers in their two losses to the Thunder previous year, then took better care of the ball in the final two meetings, losing it just 27 times. It's leaving a big legacy behind in Oakland because people might not get to see us as much in San Francisco. And that's cliche and impossible to do, but you want to try to get as close to that as you possibly can. We've all got the same goal. "No matter if it's a Tuesday night at home or a back-to-back in some random East Coast city, you're going to be tested and you can't just sleepwalk through stuff". "Our time in the off-season has been so crunched these last four years so you have to make the most out of every single day".

While the Eastern Conference is wide open, Boston will still have to navigate past the reloaded Toronto Raptors and the young Philadelphia 76ers to earn top spot.

As Brandon Ingram grew more accustomed to life in the National Basketball Association, he began to take off last season as he finished his sophomore campaign with an average of 16.1 points per game, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.9 assists.

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