Steph Curry: “We know [Lakers] are the defending champs. We got to beat them. We’re ready for it”

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The Golden State Warriors will be without Klay Thompson this season, which was supposed to be a bid to return to the top. But Steph Curry says his team is ready to take on the defending NBA champions Los Angeles Lakers.

Just a season ago, the Dubs were playing in their fifth straight NBA Finals. Things were completely different last season. Kevin Durant left Golden State to join the Brooklyn Nets, Klay Thompson was out with a season-ending injury, followed by the injury of Steph Curry. The Warriors sank to the bottom of the league.

Now, with the Western Conference getting even stronger, the Thompson-less Warriors will have to take down some very tough teams, among them inevitably are the Lakers.

Per Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated:

“We know we can compete with anyone in the league. It’s kind of crazy. We know how great Klay is. Don’t get me wrong. But we hear the chatter. ‘It’s the end of for us. This year is a wash. What are we going to do in the future?’ But we are in the moment right now. It’s kind of refreshing being in that category as guys that are chasing. We know [the Los Angeles Lakers] are the defending champs. We got to beat them. We’re ready for it.”