Basketball: 2018/2019 season in NBA tips off

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Casspi has always had a reliable three point stroke, even memorably having a shoot out with Stephen Curry when he was with the Kings, and Nick Young was the Swaggiest P of them all.

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Then came the occasion of the final championship banner to be raised at the Oracle Arena, the NBA's oldest, built in 1966.

The excitement of Tuesday night, though, was in contrast to the way the Warriors slogged through last season on the way to that title. But figure on San Antonio starting fast, as the Spurs are 19-2 in season openers under Gregg Popovich, who begins his 23rd season to tie Utah's Jerry Sloan for the most seasons coaching one team.

Durant can decline his $31.5 million player option for the 2019-20 season and become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2019.

Thompson and Curry sparked the dynasty that is now the Golden State Warriors, and the Dubs seem to be sounding like they'll respect his contributions.

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There's still an entire National Basketball Association season to play before teams can begin thinking about signing Durant, but that doesn't mean it will stop them.

This year, the Warriors have vowed to do things differently. No team has won three consecutive titles since Kobe and Shaq's Lakers in 2000-02.

Quinn Cook played 13 minutes and went one-for-two shooting from the field while Shaun Livingston continued to be a valuable third-guard off the bench. While the Rockets pushed the Warriors to seven games previous year would've made for an entertaining match, the story lines between the Dubs and Thunder offered much more meat to gnaw on.

"We'll play tonight, and it will be fun. Filling the hand up before we get outta here!" "I mean you asked the question like you did... No".

The only downside from Durant's perspective could be the way he is perceived by the Warriors faithful.

A free throw by Durant with 3:04 left in the half gave Golden State a 53-39 lead, which the Thunder trimmed to 57-47 by halftime.

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