The Golden State Warriors picked up a rather unimpressive 106-100 win against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday afternoon. The Warriors were at a perilous line in the the latter stage of the fourth quarter, where the Suns threatened to tie the game, coming within two points of the Western Conference champions.

New acquisition Kevin Durant made plays at the end, and his 37-point effort was a huge reason they walked away with the win and are now 2-1 on the young season.

“It's a process,” Draymond Green told Anthony Slater of the San Jose Mercury News. “And I'd much rather be here now, and start peaking when it's the right time, than where we were at the start of last season, when I feel like we peaked too early.”

“And it's frustrating. It's frustrating for everybody. But that's a part of it, and like I said, that's to be expected. It'll all come together. But I think we're at a good place. Just gotta continue to get better, and, you know, trust the process.”

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While it's a long season, that is exactly the problem that a 73-9 team brings to a franchise. The bar has been set high and as much as Green, head coach Steve Kerr and others try to downplay it, there is a high expectation for this team when a four-time scoring champion like Durant is brought into the fold.

The majority of fans doesn't care about the implications. Now with a half-depleted roster due to signing Durant, the Warriors are still expected by some to once again have a super bench with a bunch of players signed to the veteran's minimum.

It will indeed be a process, but with a Shaun Livingston that has struggled to regain his true form with this team, it seems highly unlikely for Golden State to match the excellent bench play they've had for the past two seasons.