Durant now joins Curry, Thompson and other Warriors who are on the injured list
Ever since Kevin Durant joined the Golden State Warriors back in 2016, he has become the main villain of the rest of the NBA as fans thought that he took the easy way towards winning a championship by abandoning Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder. But for the Warriors, having a player like Kevin Durant has made things easier for the team as KD's arrival added another elite player who can score virtually from anywhere on the court. Remember that dagger trey that he nailed in the Finals against LeBron James? That's another testament to how great KD really is in spite of the negative things that his bashers are throwing at him.
However, the Warriors might have to find ways to win their remaining games to finish the regular season WITHOUT KEVIN DURANT. Why?
After an MRI scan, it has been revealed that Kevin Durant has sustained a fractured rib which is expected to make him miss the next two weeks. The injury was sustained when Durant collided with Karl Anthony-Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves. This latest setback for the Warriors came during a bad time when the defending champions are already playing and losing three of their last 10 games without Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Draymond Green has already returned but shot 5 for 14 in a losing effort against the Sacramento Kings. In addition to this, David West is still out as well while Andre Iguodala has a wrist injury but played for 31 minutes against Sacramento. But nothing can match the effect of losing Kevin Durant as he is averaging 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists per game. That's big.
Can the Warriors catch the Houston Rockets without their Big 3?
The Warriors have 13 games left on their schedule. They will play against the San Antonio Spurs, the New Orleans Pelicans and, the Thunder. These are likely the teams who will make the playoffs and are likely the team that can beat the Warriors without its Big 3. So catching up to the league-leading Rockets might still be of a possibility but it's definitely a long shot.
But then again, do the Warriors actually need to catch up the Rockets? No.
Remember their 73-10 record during the 2015-2016 season? It went down the drain after the Warriors became the first team to blow a 3-1 series lead in the NBA Finals. So, if GSW wants to stay fresh for a potential bloodier playoff run, it's suggested that they don't force their stars into rushing their recovery. After all, they've already claimed the Pacific Division, again.
If the Warriors can win without their stars in the final stretch of the season, then they're a scary team. That's simple. It means that GSW has more firepower outside of their Big 3.