Through the trials and tribulations of the regular season, Warriors players and head coach Steve Kerr have maintained that the Warriors' issues with complacency and boredom should be significantly allayed once they reach the playoffs and begin to play truly meaningful games.
The Warriors will be without Stephen Curry, who is recovering after knee surgery, and that's an obvious blow to their offense.
If you're a fan of a team that isn't the Warriors and your hope is that this means your team can sell Durant and leaving the bay area, I have some bad news.
Curry's impending return won't change these differences back to normalcies - still expected to have an adaptation period.
Durant had re-signed with the Warriors at a discount last summer, signing a two-year deal worth $51 million to allow the team to re-sign players such as Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.
Additionally, for the first time since the Warriors juggernaut formed, they enter the playoffs with questions about "flipping the switch".
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. He's also turned himself into one of the league's peskiest defenders. That is, the repetitions needed to be that good aren't there.
The Milwaukee Bucks and New Orleans Pelicans are the longest shots of the playoff teams at 300-1. He has added a defensive element to his game this year making him one of, if not the best two-way player in the National Basketball Association.
France, traditionally a major arms supplier of the Saudis, dismissed questions about big arms contracts during this trip. Macron invited Hariri to Paris for talks and he has since rescinded his resignation.
They are asking the Oklahoma Legislature to provide $50 million more in funding and to repeal a capital gains tax exemption. Instead of diverting money to education funding, the state cut income taxes and severance tax rates on oil and gas.
In a statement, the pro-independence leadership in the region called for a two-day shutdown in protest against the killings. The encounter started late on Tuesday night between terrorists and security forces at Khudwani area of Kulgam district.
The two term Republican governor held a rally at Sun Harvest Citrus, where he touted his job creation record during his tenure. Scott , who has won two gubernatorial elections very narrowly in two strongly pro-Republican years, is term-limited.
They signed a cooperation agreement on research and tourism at the Mada'in Saleh archaeological site in northwest Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has said it will send a team to Syria "shortly".
With bikes, transit, Uber unveils urban transport vision
A similar partnership is available in Kolkata for woman riders where Uber has partnered with the Kolkata Police's BONDHU app. Meanwhile, Jeremy Hall said the new features won't change how frequently he uses Uber but he supports the change.
Bayern Munich v Sevilla Betting Tips
Sevilla hope to surprise Bayern Munich in front of their fans and reach the semi-finals for the first time in their history. A scoreline of 2-1 was enough for the La Liga side in Manchester, however it would only take them to extra time tonight.
Champions League quarterfinals - Bookmaker's view
Bayern have already wrapped up their sixth consecutive Bundesliga title and are a goal up here going into the second leg. This year at home in the Champions League , Madrid have defeated APOEL , Dortmund and PSG while drawing Spurs .
Deficit to top $1 trillion per year by 2020, CBO says
The budget deficit will be 4.2% of the nation's gross domestic product in 2018, and will grow to 5.1% in 2022, the CBO estimates. The CBO said the tax cuts and the additional spending will boost consumer demand, supercharging the economy.
6 dead after plane crashes into Phoenix golf course
Boufarik Airport is a military air base located on the northern coast of Algeria , some 30km from the capital Algiers . Mohammed Achour, chief spokesman for the civil protection agency, said: "There are more than 100 deaths".