Portland Trail Blazers guard Seth Curry recently said the Golden State Warriors are harder to guard without Kevin Durant because the ball moves more.
Durant, who is currently sidelined with a right calf strain, saw the comment and reacted to it on Instagram. The two-time Finals MVP said “Hell no.”
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Durant is one of the most dangerous scorers in league history. Without him, the Warriors have to share the ball more and move it side to side.
Curry isn’t saying the Warriors are better without Durant because that would a foolish statement. The Blazers guard is merely pointing out that the ball is swinging and constantly moving since the Warriors don’t have Durant as their safety valve.
Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala have played very well in the three games without Durant. The Warriors are up 2-0 on the Blazers in the Western Conference Finals and will look to take a 3-0 series lead on Saturday up in Portland.
Durant likely won’t play in the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors, though, will probably still defeat the Blazers. Steph Curry is averaging 35.3 points over his last three games, picking up the slack with Durant out. Golden State has the luxury of having two MVPs on its roster.