The Golden State Warriors were by far the biggest favorite to win the NBA championship this year especially after they added DeMarcus Cousins to an already stacked roster. One of the biggest reasons for their success in recent years was Kevin Durant who brought a lot of talent to this team and after being questionable to play in tonight’s game recent reports indicate he might be inserted into the starting lineup.
Despite having 5 All-Stars on their team, the Warriors were having serious problems with injuries, especially the one that has sidelined Kevin Durant for the past month. Toronto Raptors exposed some of the weaknesses Warriors have and were able to capitalize on them by winning two straight games at the Oracle Arena and are now only win away from the NBA championship.
On today’s show “The Jump” on ESPN, Richard Jefferson said the Warriors are don’t actually need Kevin Durant in order to be great but someone who can be healthy while at the same time providing them solid minutes and some extra scoring. Jefferson believes the Warriors already have enough firepower with Steph and Klay and adding someone who can give them 15 points on a nightly basis.
“This team doesn’t need Kevin Durant. They needed Eric Gordon, Kris Midleton, they just needed a healthy guy that can actually score the ball. Kevin Durant is obviously one or two player in the league and one of the best scorers we’ve ever seen. If they had a guy like Eric Gordon on this team with Klay and Steph. I’m not saying that is who they needed but they don’t need someone who can score 30 points instead they need someone that can average 15-17 points and no on their roster can do it.”