As Yahoo Sports's Kelly Dwyer points out, Steph Curry's MCL sprain was probably the biggest reason Golden State came up short in last year's postseason. At 50-10, the Warriors have the NBA's best record. They enter this morning's (Singapore time) game against the Chicago Bulls leading the San Antonio Spurs by 31/2 games for home-court advantage throughout the play-offs.
Rajon Rondo scored a season-high 19 points while Jimmy Butler scored just eight points in Chicago's loss to the Nuggets on Tuesday. What hurt the Warriors was Curry's injury in the first round, Draymond Green's suspension in Game 5 of the Finals and Bogut being unavailable for Game's 6 & 7 due to injury.
Klay Thompson vs. Dwyane Wade: At 35 and with a lot of miles on that body, Wade is still playing well. It was, however, a much sunnier diagnosis than the Warriors were expecting. Durant's injury set a dark tone early and in the aftermath of the Warriors' loss, but the game itself thankfully offered the best of what the league has to offer. Durant exited the game early in the first quarter after Zaza Pachulia fell on his left leg. Durant hyperextended his left knee, limped off the court and did not return to the floor.
There is a concern that Durant will miss months, not weeks with his knee injury. The Warriors' season finale is April 12 against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Multiple league sources stressed that caution would be applied when it comes to setting Durant's timetable for returning, and rightly so. Nobody is getting hysterical because Curry had one 0-for-11 night shooting 3s, and followed that with a 2-for-9. As a team, the Warriors were 8 for 28 (28.6 percent) against Washington and are 14 for 57 (24.6 percent) on the first two games of this trip.
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The Wizards hadn't lost consecutive games in almost two months prior to the all-star break, but came out of the break with losses to the Sixers and Jazz and now must regain their "mojo" as Otto Porter put it after Monday's practice. Jose Calderon had committed to signing with the Warriors once he cleared waivers. The team announced his signing at about 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Wish I could bring you two with me! Next up: Matt Barnes.
Hopefully none of us will even remember Durant's injury come playoff time, and the Finals will feature two healthy, star-studded teams battling for a championship. With the addition of Kevin Durant in the offseason, they have one of the most talented rosters in National Basketball Association history and are a clear favorite to win another title this season. As tough as Barnes may be, the veteran can't duplicate Durant's ability to block shots and start fast breaks.
The moral victory for the Warriors was certainly not enough to make up for the pain of seeing Durant go down in the opening minute.