Kevin Durant Says It's 'Weird' Playing Without Stephen Curry

Florence Fletcher
March 14, 2018

While the Cavaliers-Warriors trilogy has been historic, there are several other teams that hope to topple Cleveland and Golden State to challenge for the Championship.

Kevin Durant had 39 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors, who left Curry at home from this trip to rest an injured right ankle and lost 125-108 to Portland on Friday.

The Minnesota Timberwolves stopped their National Basketball Association skid in dramatic style on Sunday, beating the reigning champion Golden State Warriors, 109-103, in Minneapolis. All of these videos can be found on the Warriors Report on YouTube.

Golden State is essentially three games behind Houston for the number one seed when you factor in the potential tiebreaker.

"So if we can play good against them and win, play good defensively, rebound the ball like we did tonight, we can do that against anybody".

Curry, who is averaging 26.3 points, 6.2 assists, and 5.1 rebounds this season, has a history with ankle injuries.

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The team's injury list has been growing in recent weeks as Iguodala and Bell have missed three straight games and West has missed four on the trot. For real. Find me another coach who is going to let the players coach themselves, or cancel a workday because the star player's party was too lit?

Following Sunday's 109-103 loss to the Timberwolves, Durant told ESPN's Nick Friedell that the Warriors offense felt "weird" without the two-time NBA MVP.

Kevin Durant knew that he had to raise his game to make up for the absence of Curry. The Warriors are clearly prioritizing Curry's health over chasing the Rockets, and that is probably the right move in this situation.

He came back on March 8 in a win over the Brooklyn Nets but in their game against the San Antonio Spurs last Thursday, he re-injured his ankle less than three minutes into the game. "This dude is a career 27 point-per-game scorer". Curry had a collective plus-36 rating over those two games.

Durant and Green each knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter, and, thanks in part to an 18-4 first-half edge in fast-break points, the Warriors built a lead as big as 57-45. To score 21 points, Klay Thompson needed 22 shots.

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