Mild Years,” they’ve popularized the phrase “#stephbetter” on Twitter to insist that Curry’s sharpshooting, and the eye it attracts from defenses, powers Golden State’s dominance in a much bigger method than Durant’s mastery of all the sport’s expertise.
Curry’s followers have been steadfast of their perception that Golden State can overcome its heavy reliance on Durant, which is dramatically obvious in a comparability of the crew’s statistics with him on the courtroom versus off it on this postseason, by merely unlocking the potential of its star level guard.
However with Curry’s shot turning precarious of late whereas Houston seemed able to an upset even earlier than Durant’s harm, Golden State is as susceptible because it has been at any level within the final three years. So the Warriors must hope that Curry’s gravity, together with Kerr’s workload technique, is sufficient to enable them to outlive.
If not, a season that at instances felt like a foregone conclusion may very well be as vast open heading into the convention finals as any 12 months since at the least 2006, if not the late 1970s. And Houston, having “failed” to enhance to No. 2 within the West on the common season’s ultimate day, could be poised to benefit from that energy vacuum.