When Kevin Durant joined the record-setting Golden State Warriors this summer, there was a collective groan that could be heard around the NBA.
The best-ever regular season team in NBA history managed to get better. With the 2014 MVP, no less.
However, the Warriors' comprehensive opening night loss to the San Antonio Spurs was a dose of reality for the Oakland franchise and all of those fans who believed the Dubs would run away with the title this season.
It took 24 games for the Warriors to suffer defeat last season, but it took just 48 minutes this time around. The Spurs emerged victorious with a 129-100 win and they did it at Golden State's Oracle Arena.
Durant managed 27 points, 10 rebounds and four assists on the night, but the former Oklahoma City Thunder superstar insists his team learned a valuable lesson last night.
"It's a slap in the face. Woke us up a bit." Durant told Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post.
In truth, this is the best time for the Warriors to face up to their shortcomings. They have another 81 games to go in the regular season and plenty of time to hit their stride.
With the talent in their ranks, one would think coach Steve Kerr will get his house in order sooner rather than later.