Kevin Durant to opt out, redo deal with Warriors

We as a nation desperately need anything but Thunder Warriors in playoffs

Think back to 2016, when the Warriors had just capped off a historic 73-9 season, or to 2017 when the most significant question entering the playoffs was if they would lose a single game (they went 16-1 en route to the championship). They will be the top seed in the West and will face the Minnesota Timberwolves in the opening round of the playoffs.

But the Warriors will be without Curry for the start of the playoffs after he sprained the MCL in his left knee two weeks ago.

Utah, the NBA's stingiest defensive team over the last few weeks, was the last team Golden State wanted to face early in the playoffs this year.

Tuesday's blowout loss gave the Warriors a final record of 58-24, well below their usual standard of regular season excellence. The Warriors' combination of talent, experience, and coaching won't allow them to play in the playoffs the way they have over the previous month.

Another NBA Finals victory would be the second of Durant's career and second since he's played for Golden State.

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Can the Warriors' offense, which has struggled over the last few weeks, keep up with a loaded Western Conference playoff field if Curry - whose long-range shooting stretches defenses and spaces the court in ways previously unseen on an National Basketball Association court - isn't on the court?

The Warriors, on the other hand, get San Antonio - a team that they are unquestionably superior to, even without Curry - and then the victor of the Portland-New Orleans first-round matchup. You could ask for better news if you were Golden State.

"It made sense to do the one-year deal".

Pair that with the fact that Harden has developed a reputation for getting exhausted in the postseason and Paul doesn't exactly have a great track record in the playoffs either, and, well, you can nearly hear the cackling from the Warriors' practice facility from the Lone Star State. "But I'm enjoying every moment of it, so I'm not trying to look too far down the line", Durant said. The Warriors shelled out cash for Durant, but not as much as one would expect-he accepted a two-year, $51.25 million deal, though he clearly could have garnered a max contract elsewhere.

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