"Guys aren't anxious about minutes, guys aren't anxious about starting, none of that", Cook said.
It was a sobering reminder of how much has changed for Golden State. Last Tuesday night. They closed their regular season out on a humiliating note, losing to the Utah Jazz by an embarrassing 40-point spread, 119-79.
"I have no idea", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said in his pregame press conference on Saturday. I said, 'Great.' He goes and does his stuff, and we continue to prepare. We know how good we are. Bell has shined in his rookie season for Golden State.
After the Warriors were blown out by the Utah Jazz 119-79 on Tuesday in their final game of the season, Durant discussed the team's rough sledding to finish. Last season, they were fueled by their Finals collapse to Cleveland and the arrival of Kevin Durant. "That's the reason this is a championship team". With the games that matter not arriving until mid-April, the Warriors saw no need to fret over defeats in November, December, January or February. Such warts were forgotten after the Bulls hoisted the Larry O'Brien trophy for the third year in a row.
For all the good team-orientated things he does on the court, on both ends, Anderson too has not developed a high volume nor high efficiency outside stroke, attempting 102 mid-range jumpers compared to only 57 from the long line.
Rockets' tough road: Houston posted the league's best record (65-17), and it's hard to bet against a team that has James Harden.
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Golden State will be without Stephen Curry, due to a Grade 2 sprained MCL in his left knee.
"We finally got back to defending", said Kerr. On the other side, the Warriors can get past a handful of teams without a couple of their stars. The team also noted that he will be re-evaluated in one week.
No, not the Spurs, at least that's what the hunch and the outset of this first-round playoff series says.
But according to 1/4th of the Warriors awesome foursome, if Golden State fails to impress this postseason, we could be in-store for a major roster reshuffle this offseason.
The Timberwolves were the last team to scrape into the playoffs, earning their first postseason berth since 2004 and ending the longest drought in the National Basketball Association. However, Leonard has only played in nine out of the team's 82 games this season and the team was still 47-35. But know we know Kawhi Leonard is officially OUT for Game 1. It's not going to be 128-121. My worry is to go out there and try to perform every day, bring what I can bring. The message was clear: After a six-month prelude, the real season has arrived. Even after being shorthanded to start these playoffs, the 2017 NBA Champions still have enough firepower to get through the first round. "This is what you play for".