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SAN FRANCISCO — As the Golden State Warriors readjust to new expectations without Klay Thompson and continue to figure out life without Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, they do so with the understanding that they’re still getting every team’s best shot each night because of what the group accomplished in the past.
After going to five straight NBA Finals from 2015 to 2019 and winning three championships, star guard Stephen Curry knows opponents are gearing up for the challenge of facing the Warriors the same way they always did, even if the players on the roster aren’t the same.
“100 percent,” Curry said during a video conference with reporters after Monday’s 137-106 win over the Sacramento Kings. “And that’s how it’s supposed to be. There are teams that were in the bubble, in the playoffs last year in both conferences that we’re going to be doing that to them. So it’s always the game within the game, and that competition’s exciting knowing that there’s a little bit more meaning based on what we did the last five years and other teams’ experience playing against us. That’s part of the journey. We love it.”