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The Golden State Warriors have defeated both the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder in the past week. All-Star Kevin Durant has been out with an ankle injury and hasn’t played in either of those games.
While Durant has been out, the Warriors have been playing absolutely beautiful basketball. Steph Curry has been dominating putting up 33 points vs the Thunder and 24 vs the Rockets. Kevin Durant is still a key piece to this Warriors offense and when Durant first joined the Warriors, coach Steve Kerr had to find a way to fit Durant in the offense. Clearly, he was able to successfully do this, winning back to back titles in Durant’s two years with the team. If Kevin Durant does leave the Warriors for a different franchise this Summer in Free Agency, it will obviously be a big loss for the Warriors but they should be able to contend for many more years if they can resign Klay Thompson. Curry and Klay were able to win 73 games without Durant, yes they have aged but they are still in their primes and dominant players. Steve Kerr will have to change up the offense and run the offense strictly through Curry, which could arguably make the team more efficient.
Numbers Never Lie
In the 2015-16 Season, Curry has arguably his best individual season averaging 30.1 points, 2.1 Steals, 6.7 assists and shot a career high 45% from three. In the two seasons Kevin Durant has been on the Warriors, Curry has averaged 25.1 points per game. In the 2018 Playoffs, Curry was out with an injury and missed the 1st Round vs the Spurs and missed Game 1 in the Second Round vs the Pelicans. The Warriors definitely looked like a different team with Curry out and they had to make adjustments to the offense. Curry is the heart and soul of the Warriors the team just doesn’t look the same while he’s not out on the court. The Warriors are also more efficient when Curry is on the floor, in which Curry has a 24.38 efficiency rating and ranks 3rd in the NBA in that category.