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There are four legitimate contenders, in fact, to the throne on which the Warriors perched last June after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games in the NBA Finals. The most important thing, perhaps, is that the Cavaliers, the Houston Rockets, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs all believe they can beat the Warriors and, inevitably, win the 2017-18 title. "There's an aura of respect for how good they are, but not necessarily a feeling of their invincibility," says Terry Stotts, whose Portland Trail Blazers have been ousted from the playoffs by Golden State in each of the past two seasons. "They're a great team. they've won two of the last three NBA championships, and it easily could have been three out of three. and also these buy nba 2k18 mt belong to you guys. Everybody in the league has a healthy respect for what they've done, and they have everybody back.History says bad-defense teams rarely win a title, but Houston coach Mike D'Antoni added defensive specialist Luc Mbah a Moute along with Paul, a seven-time NBA All-Defensive first-team selection. Oklahoma City made the biggest splash in the offseason, adding perennial All-Star forwards Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Russell Westbrook.

 

 The question: Will there be enough shots for all three? "But invincibility? I don't think players or coaches in the NBA would ever view an opponent like that. You've lost before you played the game." Cleveland has the best chance for one main reason -- LeBron James -- and a lot of secondary ones. The Cavaliers went to the NBA Finals each of the past three years, too, winning the 2016 crown and losing to the Warriors in '15 and '17. Kyrie Irving was dealt to the Boston Celtics, but most of the roster from last season returns, including power forward Kevin Love, center Tristan Thompson and shooting guards J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver. Houston might be the biggest threat to Golden State in the Western Conference.

The Rockets, who won 55 games and made it to the West semifinals a year ago, added master maestro Chris Paul to team with James Harden for perhaps the most potent backcourt in the league. and also these nba 2k18 xbox one mt belong to you guys. "That's going to be interesting," Stotts says. "Paul is really good at making other players better. He'll make it a little easier on Harden to have a great season, but his impact will be when James is out of the game. "I have so much respect for what Chris is able to do. He makes his team better. That will be their biggest advantage."


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