Prior to their meeting with the Boston Celtics on Thursday, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr called them the "team of the future in the east".
But after overcoming the defending champions with a 92-88 win at TD Garden, the Celtics showed they're ready to take over now.
The victory saw the C's extend their incredible winning streak to 14 games and currently own the league's best record at 14-2.
They are emerging as a major threat to dethrone the Cleveland Cavaliers as the Eastern Conference champions but the win over the Dubs proves they can go one better and claim the Larry O'Brien trophy too.
In the eyes of some, this matchup was a preview of this season's NBA Finals.
The road to that stage in the east will have to go through LeBron James but having squared off against the King and the Cavs for three straight years, Stephen Curry believes it may not happen for a fourth time.
When asked if he thought the Warriors could meet Boston in the finals, Curry said: "Very, very likely, right? They're playing the best right now in the East.
"Obviously they need to beat Cleveland, who's done it three years in a row. We'll see, but I heard the weather's great here in June."
Steph is hugely confident that his team will make it there but it's premature to suggest that the Celtics will meet them considering the experience LeBron and the Cavaliers have.
But Boston has made a remarkable start to the campaign, rattling off 14 consecutive wins after losing their opening two games.
In contrast, Cleveland has struggled and have only just moved above .500 following back-to-back wins and are 8-7.
As we've seen time and again, however, the Wine and Gold know how to turn it on in the playoffs and flip the proverbial switch when it counts.
What happens in November doesn't mean anything in the long run and the Cavs are a team that always looks at the bigger picture and is focused on May and June.
But with the league's best defence, the Celtics will be a tough team to beat and will put up a much better fight if they meet LeBron and co. in the conference finals again.
Kyrie Irving is playing some of the best basketball of his career in Celtic green and will be determined to get one over on his former employers.
There's still a long way to go in the season but we can already see that the Warriors and Cavs won't have things all their own way this year.