(Reuters) The Golden State Warriors enter the NBA playoffs this weekend looking for redemption after last season's shocking defeat in the Finals, where the team blew a 3-1 lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the best-of-seven series.
Despite the unprecedented championship series collapse, expectations for the Warriors to win the title this year are sky high, and for good reason.
In the off season they added one of the league's premier scorers, former league Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant, who quickly adapted to the team's fast-paced and unselfish brand of basketball.
Despite an injury to Durant late in the season that kept him sidelined for 19 games, the team finished with NBA's best overall record, ensuring home court advantage throughout the playoffs.
Durant returned to the starting lineup earlier this month and has shown no sign of lingering problems from the knee injury, boosting the Warriors' odds of winning.