Warriors silence Thunder in opener

Steven Adams had a double-double but the Oklahoma City Thunder fell to the reigning champion Golden State Warriors on the opening night of the new National Basketball Association season.

Before the match, the Golden State Warriors squad and management received their championship rings and hung the 6th championship banner to their arena. Curry finished the game with a game-high 32 points while also contributing with eight rebounds and nine assists. The crowd boisterously cheered for every member of the organization, from superstar guard Stephen Curry, all the way down to fifth assistant coach Chris DeMarco.

"We played a solid game, nothing spectacular, we had a lot of mistakes", Curry said.

The Warriors could not keep it up after half-time, though, as they went through a dry spell in the third quarter which let the Thunder back into it.

If we consider the brain trust's thought process they wanted to kick off the season with a bang.

Brown and Irving ensured the hosts' advantage remained in double figures but once again the 76ers came back, a couple of free throws by Embiid reduced the deficit to single figures with more than four minutes remaining.

Durant reflected as well on what was his second ring night, noting how special the occasion was.

"Obviously, we wouldn't even be talking about this if he couldn't do anything", Donovan said. "Seeing D-West, Matt Barnes, all the past Warrior champions, the rings coming down from the ceilings".

"That's just kind of part of the beast of playing as many games as we have over the last four years and looking to try to repeat that this year". As the Warriors also play their final season in Oakland before a move to San Francisco, everything seems to be up in the air.

While Golden State is not openly admitting it, they are indeed recruiting Durant to return for at least one more season and will do anything to make sure he stays with the team.

However, Durant saw nothing to it.

"I don't know about that", "PTI" host Tony Kornheiser replied. When asked about it during the postgame press conference, Durant downplayed the significance of the notion.

The Houston Rockets, or maybe LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, might take a few games off the Warriors but ultimately, I can not see any team ending their run in the West.

  • Julie Sanders