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Kevin Durant Watch: How Warriors’ top competitors are looking

Golden State Warriors' Andre Iguodala (9) guards Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant (35) in the second quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, May 26, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

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#DurantWatch has officially begun and the early leaders appear to be the Warriors and Miami, though Kevin Durant can’t take meetings until Friday.

Still, the race is on to pry the former MVP away from the only NBA franchise he’s known in an effort to form some sort of superteam.

The Warriors’ chances were expertly broke down by our own Tim Kawakami this morning, which you can read here.

How about the other teams, you ask? Let’s check out what people are saying about each squad’s chances.

Miami Heat

Pat Riley looks to be working his usual magic in the Durant sweepstakes, called one of the two likeliest landing pads along with the Warriors. Obviously, Miami fans are going wild over the possibility — even ESPN’s Dan Le Batard.

Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC faithful are clinging to the thought that the Thunder’s near-defeat of Golden State will entice Durant. His meetings in New York, however, make it clear he’s considering all options.

Boston Celtics

Though they aren’t among the top two reported contenders, the Celtics appear to be the most optimistic outsiders. Boston can offer the youth movement, cap space and overall tradition to lure Durant.

L.A. Clippers

They were late arrivals to the rumor mill, but the Clippers may be the likeliest to work out a sign-and-trade with Oklahoma City, considering they could send home native son Blake Griffin. As is often noted, L.A. is also an ideal destination for anyone looking to boost their promotional income.

San Antonio Spurs

After pulling off a free-agent coup by signing LaMarcus Aldridge last summer, San Antonio might be back in business by trying to reel in Durant. “Hey, it’s just a short seven-hour drive back to Oklahoma!”

New York Knicks

Not among his six meetings but still on his radar, reportedly, the Knicks are a dark horse for Durant. But since New York is no longer the epicenter of hoops, that may be a reach, even with Carmelo Anthony in his ear and Derrick Rose now on the roster.

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Live updates tonight: Warriors vs. Trail Blazers

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) celebrates a 3-point basket against the Phoenix Suns in the first half of a NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) celebrates a 3-point basket against the Phoenix Suns in the first half of a NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Get the latest score and analysis during the Warriors’ game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Oracle on Friday at 7:30 p.m. from our Diamond Leung as well as other reporters.

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Live updates tonight: Warriors vs. Jazz

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) defends against Utah Jazz' Raul Neto (25) in the first half of a NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) defends against Utah Jazz’ Raul Neto (25) in the first half of a NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Get the latest score and analysis during the Warriors’ game against the Utah Jazz at Oracle on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. from our Diamond Leung as well as other reporters.

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Live updates: Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday night

Golden State Warriors' Andre Iguodala (9), Draymond Green (23) and Stephen Curry (30)  celebrate a basket against the Denver Nuggets in the first half of an NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala (9), Draymond Green (23) and Stephen Curry (30) celebrate a basket against the Denver Nuggets in the first half of an NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Get the latest score and analysis during the much-anticipated Warriors’ game against the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. from our Diamond Leung as well as other reporters.

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Warriors pregame live chat today at 3:30 p.m. before Pacers game

Golden State Warriors' Andre Iguodala (9) celebrates his 3-point basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.  (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala (9) celebrates his 3-point basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Join Marcus Thompson II for a Warriors chat Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. before 22-0 Golden State takes on Indiana.

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Live updates from Warriors’ bid in Brooklyn for 22nd straight win

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) high-fives Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Warriors won 106-103. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) high-fives Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Warriors won 106-103. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Follow the live action from Brooklyn beginning at 3 p.m. as the Golden State Warriors try for their 22nd consecutive victory to start the season against the Nets. Follow Bay Area News Group beat writer Diamond Leung and others here for live updates and commentary on the game.

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Video: Stephen Curry celebrates 3-pointer with bench … before his shot goes in

Stephen Curry was doing what Stephen Curry does in the Warriors’ preseason opener Monday night.

Curry is already in postseason form, as evidenced by this incredible play during the world champions’ 95-87 victory over Toronto. (The “world champions” part is fun to get used to, eh?)

Curry’s dazzling play begin with his behind-the-back pass to Klay Thompson, who dished inside to Draymond Green, who re-directed the ball to Curry in the corner. The reigning MVP cooly launches a 3-pointer and, while the ball is still in the air, Curry does a Larry Bird-esque celebration and reaches out to high-five teammate Andre Iguodala on the bench. A split second later, the ball lands where everyone figured it would — in the bottom of the net.

Man, did we miss Curry and the Warriors, or what?