Things haven't gone exactly to plan.
And while Oklahoma City hasn't played well enough that the Warriors should fear them, the possibility of a breakout is always looming for the Thunder, and no team would want to be on the other side of Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, and Steven Adams figuring it all out.
Durant will turn 30 before the start of the 2018-19 campaign, but he continues to play at an MVP-caliber level during his second year in Golden State.
The Golden State Warriors have looked sloppier than usual in recent months thanks to a rash of injuries and general malaise, and now the rest of the National Basketball Association may see them as more vulnerable than ever. Should they advance, they'll play the victor of the Portland Trail Blazers-New Orleans Pelicans series.
Golden State is much better set up to handle the absence of Curry than the Spurs are to handle the absence of Leonard. "We haven't played particularly well, and yet here we are", Kerr said on Tuesday.
The way the bracket came together on Wednesday, there's a possibility that Curry won't be needed until the Western Conference Finals. In addition, Stephen Curry will be out at least one round while recovering from a sprained MCL. Don't expect him in a new uniform next season, though. You could ask for better news if you were Golden State.
We also go over Quinn Cook talking about his new two-year deal after bouncing back and forth between the National Basketball Association and G-League. This year, they enter the postseason having lost 10 of their last 17 games with a minor-league call-up as the team's starting point guard.
The Warriors effectively conceded the top seed in the West and home-court advantage to the Rockets last month. "But I'm enjoying every moment of it, so I'm not trying to look too far down the line".
In the previous off-season, Durant took a discounted two-year $51 million-dollar deal that included an opt-out clause at the end of the first year, which helped the Golden State Warriors re-sign some of their key role players in Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.