NBA Playoffs: Are Warriors in trouble without Steph Curry?

Injuries have been the cause of concern for most star players as the NBA playoffs are well underway.

Kyrie Irving (knee) is absent from the Boston Celtics, Kawhi Leonard (ankle) is STILL absent from the San Antonio Spurs and most notably, Stephen Curry (knee) is out from the Golden State Warriors.

But are the Warriors in the trouble without Curry in the playoffs?

Well if you ask some people, like ESPN’s Max Kellerman — well, err — just watch this video.

*YIKES*

BUT if you ask me, I don’t think they should be worried, yet. (Stay with me for the “yet.”)

Even though the team lost 10 of 17 games to close out the 2017-18 regular season, the Warriors managed to beat the BREAKS off the Spurs in a 113-92 win in Game 1.

In Game 1 against the Spurs, Kevin Durant finished with 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, nearly earning himself a triple-double while splash brother, Klay Thompson scored a game-high 27 points on 11-of-13 shooting from the field.

That game-high 27 points for Thompson was his best shooting performance in any game where he took multiple shots.

Like….what?!

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Okay! Still not convinced? I got more receipts!

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In Game 2, Durant sparked a decisive third-quarter run and finished with 32 points, going 10-of-19 from the field, while Thompson added 31 points and five assists in another superb playoff performance.

The Warriors rallied in the second half to beat the Spurs AGAIN 116-101 on Monday night for a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

So clearly, Durant and Thompson are putting in work for the Warriors wins and not just Curry.

Now you may ask yourself, “Nic are we at the “yet,” yet?”

Yes, folks — we have arrived.

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So far, the Warriors have been clicking on all cylinders on the court and it would appear as though honestly nothing is stopping this championship train, right?

WRONG.

Let’s look at the most basic (and, in my opinion, most important) fact — the Spurs aren’t really a threat without Kawhi.

Yeah, I said it.

Without the The Klaw, the Spurs finished this season seventh in the Western Conference, winning only 14-of-27 on the road and 47-35 overall record — stark contrast to last season where they finished second in the West with a 61-21 record.

AND when Curry returns, can he stay healthy long enough to get him through the rest of playoffs?

In short, the Warriors are winning against a team that wasn’t even projected to go to playoffs at the beginning of the season.

SO is that really a convincing win? Can this team really make it all the way with the unforgiving Houston Rockets being red hot???

I guess we’re all going to have to watch and see…

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Until next time, ladies and gents!

— Nicolette

 



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