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Harrison Barnes explains why the Warriors broke up their record-setting team

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A couple minutes of basketball can change everything.

The Warriors went from an almighty, record-breaking 73-win team on the cusp of a championship, to mere footnotes in Cleveland's inaugural title win.

After leading the series 3-1 and eventually losing in seven games - and becoming the first ever side to do that in the NBA Finals - changes in Oakland were afoot this summer.

Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut were the two starting pieces that would be sacrificed and now both men ply their trade in Dallas with the Mavericks. For the former, he saw it coming.

"There were a lot of emotions after a Game 7 loss," said Barnes, who will return to Oracle Arena as a visitor for the first time along with fellow former Warrior Andrew Bogut on Wednesday, when the Dallas Mavericks face Golden State. "I think a lot of people were upset, frustrated. And we blew a 3-1 lead. So that was the mindset. I think we knew they were going to blow it up if we lost that series, which we did. I can't say I was surprised."

Barnes signed a $94 million max-contract with Dallas and has made a great start to life in Texas, including dropping 31 points to defeat the Lakers last night.

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Kevin Durant has since taken his place with the Warriors - in the midst of winning Olympic gold together this summer for Team USA - but Barnes knows it could have been very different.

"It was difficult, man," Barnes said. "Just because you go back and you watch Game 7 and you're like, 'Man, it's two minutes away from planning a parade' or 'Thank you for your services.' It was a pretty big switch."

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Stephen Curry
Golden State Warriors
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Dallas Mavericks
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