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D’Angelo Russell reacts to Steph Curry 40-footer on first possession vs. Lakers

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Chase Center just opened in downtown San Francisco and Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry wanted to baptize it the only way he knows how.

On the Warriors’ first possession of their opening preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers, the two-time MVP crossed half court, dribbled behind his back, and launched a 40-footer in front of two defenders to open the festivities for Golden State. The shot drew nothing but air.

Reporters asked D’Angelo Russell about his thoughts on what his backcourt-mate did, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic. According to Russell, Curry actually told him he was going to open the game with that nonchalant heave. The newest Warriors star couldn’t believe Curry actually pulled it off.

Curry’s obviously just having some fun in the preseason.

The Warriors ended up losing their first game at Chase Center, 123-101. The new-look Lakers looked dominant. Anthony Davis poured in 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting and added 10 boards and two assists in just two quarters of play. LeBron James chipped in 15 points of his own, with three rebounds and eight assists.

Curry led the charge for Golden State, scoring 18 points in the same amount of minutes. Russell only scored four points in his debut for Dub Nation.

Obviously, the Warriors will have an adjustment period with their new-look team. That was very evident in last night’s game against the Purple and Gold, as they really looked sloppy on both ends of the floor.

Nonetheless, it’s just preseason and they will eventually find their chemistry and rhythm as the season goes on. As for know, Curry can continue launching his 40-footers to entertain the Chase Center crowd for the rest of preseason.