The Warriors are playing very well without Kevin Durant. They won again without the two-time Finals MVP on Thursday, coming from behind to steal Game Two of the Western Conference Finals from the Portland Trail Blazers. Since Durant’s injury in Game 5 of the previous series, Golden State is 3-0.
Still, few would argue that the Warriors are actually a better team without KD. They might be able to beat the Blazers, and maybe they are easier on the eye at times with Stephen Curry running the show, but Golden State will likely need Durant if they are to win their third consecutive NBA Finals this season.
Speaking of Curry, Steph’s brother gave his two cents on the Durant-less Warriors to Sam Amick of The Athletic.
“I think they are harder to guard (without Durant),” Seth said. “They move around faster when he’s not out there. They’re definitely not a better team, but they’re harder to guard.”
This quote was posted to Instagram and caught the attention of Durant, who, as always, felt compelled to respond.
“Hell no,” Durant retorted via his “easymoneysniper” handle.
Durant didn’t provide further elaboration, although he did bristle at another commenter who referred to him as royalty.
Whether or not Seth is correct in his analysis, you better believe that if the Warriors continue winning with Durant out, more and more people are going to offer similar takes.
We imagine we’ll hear what Durant thinks about those too.