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Larry Bird not sure what to expect from Warriors during 2019-20 season


Larry Bird not sure what to expect from Warriors during 2019-20 season

MUMBAI, India -- For the last few seasons, the Warriors have been heavy favorites to make it all the way to the NBA Finals.

But with the departures of Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, and the injury to Klay Thompson, the Warriors are shrouded in uncertainty.

With such a young roster behind stars Steph Curry, Draymond Green and D'Angelo Russell, the Warriors will find themselves in a dogfight just to make the playoffs in a loaded Western Conference.

Larry Bird, the Celtics legend and former Pacers executive, is attending the NBA India Games, and he isn't sure what to expect from the Warriors this season.

"It’s going to be hard to tell because they were a special team the last few years," Bird told NBC Sports Bay Area before Saturday's Kings-Pacers game. "Any time you have Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, you have an opportunity to win games."

The Basketball Hall of Famer also commented on the series of injuries that cost the Warriors a chance to win the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.

"It’s just unfortunate what happened to then last year because they were going to be a dynasty in the making. They had a great team — it seemed like they played well together," Bird said. "But when you lose two players like Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant, it’s really hard to overcome that."

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The new-look Warriors play their first preseason game at Chase Center on Saturday night against the Lakers.

Just like Bird, all Warriors fans will be curious to see what kind of team they have.

Chris Mullin compares Draymond Green to NBA greats after stellar Game 3

Chris Mullin compares Draymond Green to NBA greats after stellar Game 3

Chris Mullin is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. As he should be.

And as Mullin watched Game 3 of the Warriors-Trail Blazers Western Conference finals Saturday night, he could have sworn he saw another Hall of Famer running out there on the Moda Center court.

"He looked like Magic tonight the way he was pushing the ball full steam ahead after makes and misses," Mullin said of Draymond Green's performance in Golden State's 110-99 win. "Scoring the ball, rebounding, assisting, communicating, I thought he did a great job of keeping just the positive energy, even when they were down."

There came a moment in Saturday's game when that positive energy was deployed expertly and on point. Jordan Bell missed a wide-open dunk, drawing jeers from the Portland crowd. Shortly thereafter, Green tried to refocus his younger teammate, and the microphones picked up his message.

Mullin, who stepped down as head coach at St. John's University in April, knows full well the value of having a player like Green who can communicate that message from a place of earned authority. In Mullin's eyes, Green's seemingly endless storage of energy and enthusiasm doesn't come about by accident.

"I really think the way Draymond, the last month or two with his fitness level increasing, I think when you're physically fit and you don't get tired, you're sharper mentally, you've got a more positive feel about what's going on, no matter what that is," Mullin said. "Your decision-making is sharper. You don't fatigue mentally or physically, so you have that extra energy to help your teammates."

Green certainly didn't appear to tire throughout Game 3, over which he tallied a triple-double with 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. He also collected four steals and one block, meaning he has five combined blocks and steals in all three games of the best-of-seven series thus far.

Green believes he's the best defender in NBA history. Is Mullin ready to give him that title?

"Right now, the way the game's played, he's up there as the best defensive player that's out there right now, no question about it," Mullin said of Green's claim. "The way he played tonight? He was one of the best players ever in the history of the game, because he was defensive, he was offensive, he was leading. He did everything."

One of the best players ever, even if just for one night. That's some high praise from someone who knows what it takes to be one of the best.

Mullin didn't stop there with the compliments.

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"Look, they're getting ready to go to their fifth Finals in a row," Mullin said of the Warriors. "Steve Kerr is getting close to where Red Auerbach was -- that's saying something. And all these players are falling in line with all the legends of the game, whether it be [Larry] Bird, Magic [Johnson], [Michael] Jordan ... they're up in that category with their team and their individual performances."

After winning Game 3, only one more victory lies between the Warriors and that fifth consecutive NBA Finals berth. If Green keeps playing like a Hall of Famer, that's bound to happen sooner rather than later.

Steph Curry sets NBA record with 200-plus 3s in seven straight seasons

Steph Curry sets NBA record with 200-plus 3s in seven straight seasons

Steph Curry added another record to his résumé Monday.

The Warriors superstar became the first player in NBA history to make (at least) 200 3-pointers in seven consecutive seasons with a second-quarter triple in Golden State's authoritative win over the Indiana Pacers. 

Curry's 200th 3-pointer of the season also was his fourth straight of the evening, and he finished the first half a perfect 5-for-5 from beyond the arc. He didn't miss until his seventh attempt, and ultimately finished the night with a game-high 26 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the outside. 

Curry also became the first player in NBA history to make 200-plus 3-pointers in seven seasons ... period. To put things in perspective, his 1,960 3-pointers over the last seven seasons are more than all but nine players in NBA history (excluding himself). Larry Bird, widely considered to be one of the best shooters of all-time, attempted over 200 fewer 3-pointers in his entire career than Curry has made over the last seven seasons. 

In fact, Bird did not make the 200th 3-pointer of his career until the 26th game of his seventh NBA season. So, the game has changed quite a bit since Larry Legend laced up his sneakers, and Curry's growing list of records make up much of the evidence. 

By the time everything's said and done, those records might make up all of it.