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Steph Curry reflects on a moment he realized what Warriors were becoming

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Steph Curry reflects on a moment he realized what Warriors were becoming

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Are you old enough to remember when the Warriors went 73-9 in 2015-16? Are you old enough to remember when the Warriors started that season with 24 straight wins?

It was absolutely nuts.

The Warriors are back in Milwaukee for a showdown with Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks on Friday night. And on Thursday morning, Anthony Slater of The Athletic published an oral history of the 24-0 streak that ended on Dec. 12, 2015 in...

... Milwaukee.

It was the second of a back-to-back after Golden State won the night before in double overtime in Boston. It was a "schedule loss" personified.

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Here is an excerpt from The Athletic's article that highlights the Warriors' rise to global phenomenon:

They eventually landed and shuttled to The Pfister, their downtown Milwaukee hotel. Pretty much everyone agrees it was 4 a.m. or later when they got there. Snowflakes were falling. It was frigid when they exited the bus.  

Klay Thompson: Oh, yeah, that was a cold winter. Brutal winter.  

Draymond Green: There were like 500 people waiting for us outside when we got to the hotel.  

Steph Curry: OK, that might’ve been the moment when I realized what we were becoming. These people were crazy, out here in the elements. It was their one chance to see us in Milwaukee, all these Eastern Conference cities. I’d never seen that many people in a, quote-unquote, small-market city show up like that, especially at that time. It was pretty crazy.

The Warriors lost to the Bucks later that night, 108-95, thanks in large part to Greg Monroe's 28 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists (I certainly do not remember Monroe's performance).

"Honestly, we shouldn’t have lost," Iguodala told The Athletic. "I remember that game like it was yesterday. But I can’t say why, I’ll get fined.

"Some bullsh** happened. I don’t want to say, so I won’t get fined."

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

Jayson Tatum's bold NBA Finals prediction for Celtics seems premature

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Jayson Tatum's bold NBA Finals prediction for Celtics seems premature

Jayson Tatum evidently forgot the Golden State Warriors still play in the NBA.

The second-year Boston Celtics guard was feeling himself Saturday at NBA All-Star festivities. He won the All-Star Skills Challenge, then had something bold to say about his team’s chances in the second half of the season.

“We’re going to win the Finals this year,” Tatum said, via ESPN. “February 16th, Jayson Tatum said we’re going to win the finals this year.”

Weird flex, Jayson, but OK …

The trends don’t support Tatum’s assertion. First, the Celtics sit fourth in the ultra-competitive Eastern Conference, well behind the Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors, so they’d have an uphill climb to come out of that side of the league. Oddsmakers don’t have much faith in that, while the Bucks and the Raptors’ odds have shot up significantly, per OddsShark.

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Should the Celtics overcome those odds, the Warriors likely would be waiting for them in the Finals. And even though Boston played Golden State tight last month at TD Garden, the rematch March 5 in Oakland will give us a much better look at where the Celtics are. After all, Boston probably would have to win a Finals game or two at Oracle Arena to fulfill Tatum’s vow.

Easier said than done.

Tatum is confident, which is great. What else is he supposed to say about his team? But there’s much more work ahead of the Celtics before they can talk about winning it all, especially with the back-to-back NBA champions most likely their final hurdle.

2019 NBA All-Star Game: Ranking all 27 players selected for Charlotte

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2019 NBA All-Star Game: Ranking all 27 players selected for Charlotte

The stars are coming out in Charlotte on Sunday night.

Twenty-seven of the NBA's best players were selected to the annual All-Star Game, with 26 participating (Pacers guard Victor Oladipo was selected, but is out with an injury).

Warriors stars Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson will represent Golden State. It is Durant's tenth appearance, Curry's sixth, and Thompson's fifth.

The game typically includes only 24 players -- 12 on each roster -- but this year, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made an exception for "legacy players," Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat and Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks.

This will be the second consecutive year that the game will not be East vs. West, but rather a combination of all players selected by team captains in a draft format.

This season, Lakers' LeBron James and Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo were team captains. James selected Durant and Thompson, while The Greek Freak took Curry.

Where do these three Warriors stars compare to the rest of the elite? How do the rest of the All-Stars stack up?

Let's rank 'em, from No. 27 through No. 1

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