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The Contenders.Topping the list once again are the unstoppable reigning champions Golden State Warriors The Warriors were already champions already featured the two-time MVP already had the greatest regular season in NBA history and were already just a few mistakes away from consecutive titles And then Kevin Durant — one of the greatest players of our generation — decided to join them too What followed was predictable smooth sailing Another dominant season leading up to a near-perfect post-season leading up to the championship It was the NBA’s equivalent of a cheat code: with so many superstars in the perfect system to maximise their talents all in the prime of their careers in perfect sync with each other both on and off the court there was nothing that the rest of the field could do The league had been broken Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson Draymond Green Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry during media day Reuters In reaction to the seeming unconquerable edge of the Warriors this past offseason has been the most bonkers in modern NBA history More than a dozen All Stars have changed teams Most of the other contenders around the league have overseen serious facelifts all hoping to end the Warriors’ championship inevitability With a couple of offseason changes and a full year of togetherness under their belt will Golden State continue their reign at the top The story last year The Warriors reacted to the Game 7 heartbreak loss against the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals by adding Durant to a squad that already featured Stephen Curry Draymond Green and Klay Thompson It didn’t take long for the new pieces to mesh perfectly: the Warriors finished with the NBA’s best record again (67-15) with the league’s best offensive rating and second-best defensive rating In the playoffs they got even better going undefeated through the West (an unfortunate Kawhi Leonard injury helped) and smashing the Cavaliers 4-1 to reclaim the NBA championship Durant the new addition was crowned the Finals MVP Offseason changes The Warriors made small changes adding Nick Young to swag up their bench Omri Casspi and drafting promising forward Jordan Bell in the second round Ian Clark and Matt Barnes left the team But their biggest deals were the one that ensured continuity: the team handed Curry a $200 million-plus extension and resigned Durant to a pay-cut Key players Durant Curry Green Thompson Andre Iguodala Shaun Livingston Zaza Pachulia Patrick McCaw and Young They will win a title if… They’re healthy The Warriors have virtually no holes in their game They are the NBA’s best offensive team with unstoppable shooting from Curry Thompson and Durant; they are one of the top defensive teams with the reigning Defensive Player of the Year Green; they have athleticism; and they pass the ball better (and more often) than any team in history Sure contenders like the Cavaliers Celtics Thunder and Rockets have made upgrades and the Spurs are always a threat but Golden State is still a better team than any of them and will be even better now that their core has spent so much time playing (and succeeding) together Cause for concern The Warriors don’t have a single glaring weakness and to stop them an opponent will need a perfect storm to befell them as it did in the 2016 NBA Finals If the Warriors are going to lose it will of their own doing: a mix of complacency (tired of success) size (a bigger meaner team on the boards) injuries (is Curry’s ankle fine) behaviour (has Draymond kicked anyone recently) shoes (Durant’s Nikes vs Curry’s Under Armor) and off-court distractions (McGee and Nick Young re-united) Outlook With the ruthless efficiency in which they decimated all opponents in last year’s post-season — included the super-duper Cavaliers — the Warriors looked to me like the greatest NBA team ever assembled Now they have another year under their belt to get even greater They will win another championship Click here to read other articles in The Contenders serieswhich is offering detailed compilations of Hindi glossaries and dictionaries. He shrugs off his heavy backpack and reaches out to pick up a book. 2013 3:13 am Related News A division bench of the Gujarat High Court Thursday asked Lucknow-based lawyer Ashok Pande to deposit with the HC registry by Monday Rs 1 lakh imposed on him as cost by the Supreme Court for moving a frivolous petition.a very small cut on the skin is needed and the patient is able to resume activity very quickly. I’m tired of thinking and talking about it, it’s only about the future.

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