NICK WRIGHT: If Klay or KD or Draymond or even the head coach Steve Kerr went out, if we found out today or tomorrow they’re done for the year, their chances of winning a title are damaged drastically. But if we found out today that Steph Curry were done for the year, to me, their chances of winning the title go away. What he does for them from a spacing perspective and from a terror inflicted on the defense perspective, we can just look at it.
With Steph Curry on the court this year they score 120 points per 100 possessions. That is way better than the all-time NBA record the Rockets currently hold. Without Steph Curry on the court this year there are 106 points per 100 possessions. That’s a good number but not even an elite number for this season. They outscore teams by 15 points total per 100 possessions with Steph. Without him it’s around six.
Now meanwhile, without KD this year they’re 7 and 1. Last year they wouldn’t have won the finals without KD. But I have seen this team, granted with a deeper bench, win a title without Kevin Durant. I have not seen this team have any high level success without this guy who now has suffered his fourth right ankle injury in the last two