Why Kerr is prepared for slow start

Tuesday October 16 2018

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates after scoring a three-point basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of their NBA preseason basketball game at SAP Centre on October 12, 2018 in San Jose, California. PHOTO | THEARON W. HENDERSON |

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates after scoring a three-point basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of their NBA preseason basketball game at SAP Centre on October 12, 2018 in San Jose, California. PHOTO | THEARON W. HENDERSON |  AFP

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OAKLAND, UNITED STATES

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is prepared for his team to make a slow start to the season as they open the defence of their NBA crown against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday.

Warriors tip-off their 2018-2019 season at Oracle Arena with the traditional banner raising ceremony to salute their third NBA Finals crown in four seasons.

The Warriors will be chasing a rare hat-trick of NBA titles this year when they aim to become the first franchise since the 2000-2002 Los Angeles Lakers to win three consecutive championships.

Kerr, however, does not expect the Warriors to hit the ground running, noting that injuries and inconsistent defensive displays in pre-season showed that there was still plenty of work to be done.

The Warriors have confirmed that veteran guard Shaun Livingston will be questionable for Tuesday's opener with a foot injury while Draymond Green is short of game-time.