Will the Warriors survive without Kevin Durant? | The Tylt
Will the Warriors survive without Kevin Durant?
CBS Sports argues that Durant's absence could both hurt and not hurt the team.
The case for the Warriors getting through it: They have three other All-Stars. The core of last year’s 73-win team is still intact, albeit with a different bruising center and a different Barnes (Matt) on the wing. When Golden State signed Durant, it seemed like everybody was acting like it would be almost impervious to injuries -- one line of thinking was that coach Steve Kerr should rest his stars like no one has ever done before, letting Durant be the No. 1 option some nights and Stephen Curry other nights. There is no other team in the league with the luxury of losing one former MVP and telling another former MVP to be more aggressive.
The case for the Warriors getting derailed: I’m not sure people realize how much Durant does for Golden State. It’s not just the scoring, though you can expect some sluggish possessions with the second unit now. Before he arrived, Curry and Green were clearly the Warriors’ two most important players. You can think of Durant as a 7-foot fusion of the two of them.
So, tell us—do you think the Warriors will survive without the superstar?
Rolling Stone's Steve McPherson argues that the team can use this injury as a blessing in disguise. No—don't wish injuries on any player, but injuries happen. And when injuries happen be equip to handle the obstacle. The Warriors unit has so many other superstars—especially Steph Curry—that can carry the team. Plus—what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
Also, let's keep in mind that the team won the championship in 2015, and made it to the NBA playoffs in 2016. The first year they beat the Cleveland Cavaliers and in the second year—they lost. The team will be alright.
But others argue this is what's wrong with dynasties—they sometimes fall.
Sports Illustrated's Rohan Nadkarni argues that there's a possibility the team can still win big, but what if they don't because one of the big players is out!
But what if Durant’s injury lingers throughout the postseason, the same way Curry’s did in 2016? What if Durant re-aggravates his injury while playing extended minutes in the playoffs? What if he faces a setback in his recovery?
Let's keep in mind that the Warriors lost the championship game to the Cavs last year in their rematch. So losing a big player during a crucial time in the regular season is no good.