Nets’ Kevin Durant says Warriors would’ve beat Raptors if he was healthy
The Raptors will enter the upcoming 2019-20 regular season as the defending NBA Champions, thanks to the team’s memorable series win over the heralded Warriors.
However, even with the Raptors infamously winning the franchise’s first ever NBA title in 2018-19, there will always be some controversy surrounding last season’s championship matchup as the Warriors were notably without Durant.
The All-Star forward unfortunately suffered a severe Achilles injury during the postseason and was unable to close out the Warriors’ latest playoff push, a run that was ultimately highlighted by a fifth straight Western Conference Championship and three NBA titles in the last five seasons.
Even so, Durant believes that his presence would have made all the difference, and if he were at 100 percent throughout the postseason in the NBA Finals, the Warriors would have won it all once again — whether it was in six or seven games.
Of course, Raptors big man Serge Ibaka disagrees…
With the Warriors winning a title before Durant made his way over to the Bay Area from the Oklahoma City Thunder, the perennial All-Star helped lead Golden State to two more titles and three trips to the NBA Finals. Nonetheless, Durant was yet again on the move this offseason as the longtime Thunder standout elected to join the up-and-coming Brooklyn Nets by way of free agency this past summer.
It is worth noting, though, that Durant may or may not suit up as a result of the 2019-20 regular season as he continues to rehab his ailing Achilles tendon.