I saw all I needed to see last night. The Western Conference Finals is a wrap. Go ahead and pencil in the Golden State Warriors (once again) to represent the West in this year’s NBA Finals.
Why you ask?
It’s simple. The Dubs were without Kevin Durant for Game 1. Likely will not have him for Game 2 on Thursday night as well. In my opinion it was imperative that the Blazers not only go for the split at Oracle Arena but if at all possible take both games on the road.
Impossible? Maybe. But a priority nonetheless if you were going to take full advantage of a perceived vulnerable team.
Instead Golden State has reverted back to the lovable, more organic pre-Durant Warriors that many of us grew to love that many now despise.
In the last 2 and a quarter games the Warriors have won 3 straight without KD including eliminating the mental midgets I call the Houston Rockets. With the possibility of losing Durant in Free Agency this summer (if you believe the rumors) this latest storyline has so far actually turned to blessing for the franchise. They’re already playing as though KD isn’t present on the roster.
That could only bode well for the Warriors who for much of this dynastic run has gotten more than a few rubs from Lady Luck. That said, I still cannot definitively say they will win the NBA title without Durant presence on the court. Whether it’s Milwaukee or Toronto they face.
But for now things are A-ok in the Bay Area. They’ll dust off the pesky Blazers with ease the rest of this series.