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Klay Thompson: "We still think we're the best team in the world"

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The Golden State Warriors will spend the entire offseason with a sense of "what if" after their unexpected NBA Finals collapse.

After winning a record 73 games in the regular season, the Dubs held a 3-1 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers but inexplicably became the only team in history to lose from that position. 

Despite a terrific season nonetheless, a feeling of hurt and disappointment will be the overriding emotion for many of the team's players as they'll now have months to dwell.

The Warriors players conducted their exit interviews the day after they'd lost the game seven on their home floor and described exactly how they were feeling.

Shooting guard Klay Thompson said it would take some time for them to get over the failure of not winning back-to-back championships as they still believe they're the best team.

"It was very disappointing just because we know how good we are, we feel like we're still the best team in the world and we let that slide," he said. "So it hurts right now. I can't tell you when the disappointment's gonna fade, but it will."

Klay added: "It was not a good feeling waking up this morning. Obviously you wish the day was different, but you kind of just deal with it and try to take your mind off things."

2016 NBA Finals - Game Six

His teammates were equally dejected, MVP Steph Curry, though, said the experience will help to bring the team even closer together and hopes that they can use it as motivation to make another championship run next year. 

As the best offensive team in the league, it came as a huge surprise that when it mattered most the men from the Bay Area couldn't put the ball in the basket. 

They were without a field goal in the final 4:30 of a game seven in the Finals which led to their downfall. 

Steph says he can't bring himself to watch the game over but understands that if put in that situation again he must do a better job.

2016 NBA Finals - Game Seven

"I won't watch the film of the bad because it'll bring up too many bad memories. ... But understanding how I can control the game better and whether or not I'll be in that position again, I know I'll be better," the point guard said.

Undoubtedly, the Oakland-based franchise will now be scrutinised for not going on to win another title after a historic season where they broke multiple team and individual records. 

Members of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls team - whom they surpassed for the best regular season record of all-time - have wasted no time in sticking the boot in, with both Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman proclaiming that they still own the crown for best team ever.   

Members of the Warriors front office have already stated they will be very active this summer in free agency and in the trade market. 

They will have to make a number of decisions that will affect how they move forward with their current roster. Notably, Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli will be free agents and the former will certainly be seeking a big deal. 

However, after his struggles in the final three games of the series, Barnes may have cost himself a significant amount of money with the Warriors and may have to seek pastures new or be willing to sacrifice to remain with the franchise that drafted him in 2012. 

These are interesting months ahead for the Pacific Division team.

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