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LeBron James knows exactly why top teams in East are 'going for it'

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LeBron James knows exactly why top teams in East are 'going for it'

Programming note: Watch the Warriors take on the Suns tonight at 6 p.m. PT, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

The 76ers traded for Tobias Harris.

The Bucks acquired Nikola Mirotic.

The Raptors added Marc Gasol.

The Celtics are still very dangerous.

“Those top teams in the East, yeah, they’re going for it,” LeBron James told Joe Vardon of The Athletic. “Toronto is going for it, Milwaukee’s going for it, Philly. Boston believes they can do it, too. They know they ain’t gotta go through Cleveland anymore.

“Everybody in the East thinks they can get to the Finals because they ain’t gotta go through me.”

LeBron ain't lying.

From 2011 to 2018, he went to eight straight NBA Finals. Eight straight! 

The four-time MVP is now playing in the Western Conference for the first time in his career. And unless something catastrophic goes wrong in Golden State, LeBron almost assuredly won't be playing in June this year (especially with Anthony Davis staying in New Orleans).

If the Warriors -- who are the clear frontrunners in the West -- do make the Finals, it will be the first time in their dynastic run that they square off against somebody other than LeBron.

But that doesn't mean the Dubs will avoid him completely. Based on the current standings, a Warriors-Lakers first-round playoff matchup is a distinct possibility -- unless the Lakers are able to consistently play how they did on Thursday night in Boston.

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Whether the Lakers advance deep into the postseason or not, LeBron will be keeping his eye on what transpires on the other coast.

"I was excited seeing all the moves they made in the East,” the three-time champion said. “Those matchups in the second round, in the Eastern Conference finals, that shi* is gonna be crazy. It’s gonna be fun to watch.”

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Klay Thompson shares moving Kobe Bryant tribute after memorial service

Klay Thompson shares moving Kobe Bryant tribute after memorial service

Staples Center held a beautiful tribute ceremony for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in Los Angeles on Monday, bringing luminaries from around the basketball world to pay tribute to one of the sport’s most iconic stars.

Among the current NBA players in attendance was Warriors star Klay Thompson, a Southern California native who grew up idolizing the Lakers and Kobe.

Klay paid homage to Bryant on Tuesday through social media, sharing several of his favorite photos with the five-time NBA champion.

[RELATED: How fatherhood, not career, made Kobe a man of all people]

Walnut Creek native Sabrina Ionescu gave a moving speech at the memorial Monday morning, then flew back to Palo Alto and helped her Oregon Ducks defeat the Stanford Cardinal, making some fitting history along the way.

Warriors vs. Kings live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

Warriors vs. Kings live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

As Warriors fans prepare for the reintroduction of Steph Curry, Steve Kerr's group is preparing to face the red-hot Kings. 

The Kings exited the All-Star break needing to rack up the Ws to get back in the playoff picture. After wins over the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers, the Kings are starting to believe they can make a run at the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference. 

The Warriors will look to blunt their momentum Tuesday night at Chase Center. With Curry reportedly set to return Sunday, the Dubs would love to start getting on a bit of a roll before Curry laces them back up. 

[RELATED: Steph reportedly will return this Sunday vs. Wizards]

Here’s how you can watch Warriors-Kings on NBC Sports Bay Area:

When: Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. PT, pregame begins at 6:30 p.m.
TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live stream: MyTeams App