Let the championship chase begin. New Orleans and Brooklyn are in. Indiana and Oklahoma City are out. And while San Antonio slipped to sixth in the loaded Western Conference, the defending champions are looking awfully dangerous again. It feels like the first game of the season. You're excited. There's a renewed energy and a sense of urgency Steve Kerr, Golden State Warriors Forget the 82-game grind of the past six months. There are no more back-to-back sets, uneven schedules and excuses. The play-off brackets are set. Everybody's on equal ground. It is time to crown champions. "It's like a new beginning," Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "It feels like the first game of the season. You're excited. There's a renewed energy and a sense of urgency." It took the final night of the regular season - with more than half the games on the closing docket loaded with intrigue - to clear up the cluttered play-off picture. Stephen Curry and the top-seeded Warriors will face Anthony Davis and the Pelicans in a best-of-seven series starting tomorrow after New Orleans snapped San Antonio's 11-game winning streak on Wednesday night. That ran Russell Westbrook - who sealed the NBA scoring title - and the depleted Thunder out of the postseason and into the draft lottery. "A month-and-a-half ago, nobody thought we would be in this position," Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. "So many people counted us out ... we got here." In the East, the Nets nudged their way in by outlasting Orlando and getting a boost with Memphis' win over a Pacers team that watched Paul George get helped off the floor again, this time with just a sore left calf, the team said. So many people counted us out ... we got here Monty Williams, New Orleans Pelicans At this point, seeds are just numbers anyway. "If you get in, it's a whole new season," Nets forward Joe Johnson said. "Everybody is 0-0 and then you wipe your hands clean and then you give it another go."Indeed, the Warriors (67-15) whipped the competition in the regular season, setting a franchise record for wins. Kerr could be NBA Coach of the Year and Curry might be MVP, but only the team to win 16 more games gets to lift the Larry O'Brien Trophy as confetti falls from the rafters. "This is what we've been waiting for," said Curry, whose Warriors clinched home-court advantage throughout the play-offs a couple weeks ago. "Everything we've gone through to this point will hopefully prepare us for this journey." A few familiar faces will not be part of these play-offs. Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony are among those who will be watching after getting injured or coming up short with their teams - or both. Everybody is 0-0 and then you wipe your hands clean and then you give it another go Joe Johnson. Brooklyn Nets Four-time MVP James will try again to end the longest title drought for any North American city with three professional sports franchises. Cleveland have not won a championship since the Browns beat the Baltimore Colts for the 1964 NFL title, but there is renewed hope that James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love can do what previous Cavs teams could not. "We've been playing the right way - win, lose or draw - we've played the right way," James said. "We've stuck to our system and I think it's built some great habits for us." Now, it's time to put them to use.