Westbrook to miss opener vs. Warriors

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Stephen Curry led the way with 32 points while Kevin Durant recorded 27.

"I love who we are, game 1 of 82", Durant said.

The Warriors also launched the Championship Ring Raffle, giving fans a chance to win an authentic 2017-18 NBA Championship ring, with all proceeds benefitting the Warriors Community Foundation.

The Warriors were 34-47-1 against the spread past year, putting bookmakers in the unenviable position of having to continue to put massive spreads up for a team that clearly wasn't invested in covering.

It may be just their first game of the new National Basketball Association (NBA) season, but defending champions Golden State Warriors know exactly what lies at stake for them. Obviously, we're still trying to go for more.

"We're kind of reminiscing the journey in those little moments".

Although Thompson failed, the rest of the crew delivered, and the Warriors easily held off the Oklahoma City Thunder. The NBA's popularity has continued to grow, especially with its players becoming more than just athletes.

"A lot of celebration, but for us we can't really sit and just relax after you get the ring like we did something because that's old news by that point".

These teams met in a season opener for the first time - though the Warriors won on the road against the Seattle SuperSonics in 1983. When was the last time a top-three player in their prime was traded?

Adams had a double-double for the Thunder with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Before the afternoon notes went out, the Thunder was talking like a team that on one side had no idea about Westbrook's status and on the other side may have been playing coy. However, team officials insist Durant getting the final call was not a recruiting tactic, but simply a decision to rotate the players. Curry even made sure Director of Team Operations, Eric Housen, got his moment in the spotlight. The next several months will reveal whether their biggest competition to make it to a fifth straight NBA Finals, and to win a fourth title in five years, will be the rest of the league - or, like it was last season, themselves.