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NBA 2K19 ratings: Warriors have maximum team rating of 99

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NBA 2K19 ratings: Warriors have maximum team rating of 99

You're probably going to catch some dirty looks if you try to use the Warriors in NBA 2K19.

That's because Golden State carries a team rating of 99, the highest possible in the game. 

The Warriors have won three out of the last four championships, and when healthy, Golden State has a top-four player at every position in its starting five.

Stephen Curry (95) is the highest-rated point guard, while fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson (89) is one of three shooting guards tied for second. Kevin Durant (97) is the second-best small forward behind LeBron James, Draymond Green (87) is the fourth-best power forward, and DeMarcus Cousins (90) is the game's second-best center. 

Cousins, of course, is still recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon, so the Warriors won't get to roll out their video-game lineup in Tuesday night's season-opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder. So in the meantime, Golden State fans will have to make due with a virtual lineup. 

Just be sure to do so in the privacy of your own home, and not when you're picking teams against someone you know. 

 

Warriors' Stephen Curry surprises youth at Covenant House in Oakland

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Warriors' Stephen Curry surprises youth at Covenant House in Oakland

Stephen Curry has led the Warriors in scoring in four of their last six games, averaging a team-best 29.2 points over that span. And yet, as much as Curry is starring on the court for the reigning NBA champions these days, he also continues to do so away from it.

Prior to a game in Atlanta at the beginning of the month, Curry made a disabled fan's day. On Sunday, he did the same for the youth at Covenant House in Oakland.

As part of the Warriors' "Season of Giving" campaign, Curry surprised 40 youth at Covenant House in Oakland, which provides sanctuary and support for youth ages 18 to 24 facing homelessness and human trafficking.

Those present were unaware of Curry's involvement until he arrived to surprise them. In addition to spending several hours with the people of Covenant House, Curry also provided each of them with a new pair of Curry 5's (his signature shoe) and a catered meal from his wife Ayesha's restaurant, International Smoke.

"These are obviously good reminders of how blessed we are to be able to do what we get to do," Curry said afterwards. "To put a smile on people's faces just by walking in the room, I'll never take that for granted."

Programs and services offered at Covenant House are aimed at providing youth the best chance for success in independence. But on a more basic level, it serves as a sanctuary for those who have nowhere else to go.

"It's definitely important for us to give back to our community that supports us," Curry said. "We have, obviously, ample amount of resources, and the Bay, we support each other. That's been proven year after year."

[RELATED: Curry's new Under Armour shoe an ode to Oracle, Oakland]

Curry is in the midst of his 10th year with the Warriors, and he's consistently made community outreach a personal priority over his decade in the East Bay. Sunday's visit to Covenant House was just the latest example of his efforts to give back to the community that supports him, and it certainly won't be the last.

Watch DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Durant go 1-on-1 after Warriors practice

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Watch DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Durant go 1-on-1 after Warriors practice

DeMarcus Cousins and Kevin Durant playing 1-on-1 could have highlighted All-Star weekend last season. But for the star-studded Warriors, it was just another Sunday practice.

Anthony Slater of The Athletic captured Boogie and KD taking turns guarding each other and battling in the post after practice. 

Two shots, two misses. Must be time to break up the Warriors.

[Related: Boogie continuing his rehab in Santa Cruz this week]