Oklahoma City played without their leader, Russell Westbrook, who is still out with an injury. No offense to Dennis Schroder, who played very well in his Thunder debut, but the game just wasn't the same without Russ out there doing Russ things. Rather, it stands to reason the hope was actual steam would be visible exiting the Brodie's ears as he was forced to watch Kevin Durant receive a second consecutive championship ring.
"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".
There's now no timetable for his return, but Thunder head coach Billy Donovan said last Thursday that the superstar has been progressing. "Last year was an unbelievable journey", Curry told the crowd. Tatum had 13 points in the first half for the Celtics, who took advantage of injuries last season to have a stellar rookie National Basketball Association campaign. 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.
The 22-year-old guard missed the season opener as he is a restricted free agent and has yet to sign a contract with Golden State. C Steven Adams started after he had been questionable with lower back stiffness.
The Warriors' victory was soured by a minor calf injury sustained by sixth man Andre Iguodala in the second quarter.
The Warriors showed a photo of late Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen on the big screen wearing a Portland hat, offering a tribute and moment of silence.
Kerr encouraged fans to register to vote in a #RockTheVote message on the scoreboard, while the Warriors also did so on social media with Twitter and Facebook posts.
The top of each ring is reversible, allowing the wearer to decide whether to display 74 blue sapphires or 74 white diamonds. Curry even made sure Director of Team Operations, Eric Housen, got his moment in the spotlight.
Golden State whichever team wins the title comes up with next year. Leonard is a significant upgrade over DeMar DeRozan, giving the Raptors a chance to come close to matching last season's franchise record for wins.