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Warriors season preview: Last Dance in Oakland deserves a 3-Peat

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SB Nation asked us to put together a season preview for the Warriors. Daniel, Jannelle, and Greg did the honors.

Golden State Warriors Media Day Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Team Name: THE MOTHER F*CKING BACK TO BACK CHAMPION GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

*Jamaican Air Horn blast*

Last Year’s Record: 58-24

Key Losses: Zaza Pachulia, David West, JaVale McGee

Key Additions: DeMarcus Cousins, Jonas Jerebko, Jacob Evans III

1. What Significant Moves were made during the off-season?

Daniel: What an excellent question. The Warriors roster has been arguably the greatest in NBA history over the last two seasons; just keeping that core intact was a daunting proposition. Rival teams were salivating at any opportunity to throw money at key Dubs components and lure them away from the Golden Empire. Sure enough, beloved reclamation project JaVale McGee was pilfered by the Los Angeles Lakers. Yet, the champs weathered free agency by smoothly retaining 2x Finals MVP Kevin Durant. Also they….

Greg: Picked up Center in free agency using the MLE. Some guy named Cousin Boogie?

Daniel: Oooh, yeah, the champs added the man McGee’s L.A. teammate LeBron James said was the best center in basketball, “Big Cuz” DeMarcus Cousins. Throw in sweet shooting stretch forward Jonas Jerebko, and rookie/potential Andre Iguodala clone Jacob Evans III, and the Dubs have to be pleased with their champagne summer.

Jannelle: Obviously, the addition of Boogie Cousins was huge for us. I’m still in awe over how it happened. Before Boogie, I was getting impatient with Bob Myers because he wasn’t making any moves while the players that the team targeted were getting away. When Boogie is ready to play, he will give us a scoring threat in the post that we haven’t had in years. Plus we’re getting a great passer out of the post.

2. What are the team’s biggest strengths?

Daniel: Shooting. Passing. Defending. Corporate knowledge: this core has been around long enough to have trust in each other during the crunchiest of crunch times.

Jannelle: Continuity, chemistry. I agree with Daniel. This is year five of this run. The team has seen it all.

3. What are the team’s biggest weaknesses?

Daniel: Offensive rebounding. Dancing. Paying attention during the regular season. Interesting commercials.

Greg: Turnovers

Daniel: Oh yeah, turnovers for sure.

Jannelle: Turnovers, lack of consistent scoring off the bench, and complacency.

4. What are the goals for this team?

Greg: Dominant season and a 3-peat.

Nate: Giving Oracle fans not just a 3-peat, but fond memories of a team we’ve supported even when it was laughable to do so.

5. Which regular season game will the Warriors get the most engaged for?

Daniel: March 5th, 2019. Eastern Conference favorite Boston will be in town, and they give the Warriors serious problems at Oracle. There’s a strong chance Boogie Cousins will be out of injury related cryofreeze at this time too.

Jannelle: All four Laker games, OKC, Boston and Houston.

6. How important is it to win a championship this last season in Oakland, the city that fanatically stood by this team even when they were completely horrible?

Jannelle: I think its very important and that is what Oakland deserves. These fans stuck by this team when they were contenders for the first pick in the draft. They made the Oracle the Roarcle, so this one is a must.

Daniel: Well said!