The Warriors ended their regular season on Wednesday night with a 109-94 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Oracle Arena. It might as well have been the end of a long preseason.
Everyone knew the Warriors, coming off an NBA Finals appearance and acquiring Kevin Durant, were going to be a playoff team. And most figured they’d probably be the No. 1 seed in the West, too. And after finishing this season 67-15 that’s exactly what they are.
For the Warriors, the real season begins Sunday afternoon at 12:30, when they host the Portland Trail Blazers in Oakland. The Warriors would love to make short work of the Blazers, a team they’ve beaten 11 out of 12 times in the past three regular seasons. Last year, the Warriors eliminated Portland in five games.
The two big priorities when it came to Wednesday’s game was for the Warriors to stay healthy and for Kevin Durant to use the game as a final tune-up for the playoffs. Durant missed 19 games after injuring his left knee, but returned for the final three games of the regular season.
Durant looked like he was in peak form, scoring 29 points in 27 minutes on 11-for-16 shooting. Durant, who missed all nine of his 3-point attempts in his first two games back knocked down 5 of 7 from beyond the arc.
The only injury of note for the Warriors heading into the postseason is a sprained right ankle/foot for Matt Barnes. He is unlikely to be ready for Game 1 against the Blazers.