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Nokes: Durant to miss Game 1 of Western Conference Finals

Danny Nokes
May 14, 2019 - 9:28 am

Kevin Durant is the best basketball player in the world right now and he's been proving it throughout this year's playoffs.

KD's numbers: 34.2 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.9 APG, 51.3 FG%, 41.6 3P%

Not only has he been giving the Warriors a huge scoring output, he's doing it in incredibly efficient fashion. 

So when KD went down with an injury in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semfinals, Golden State's coaching staff, players and fans alike all held their breath in hopes that the injury wasn't serious.

Durant was then forced to miss Game 6 against the Rockets and his team escaped with a 118-113 win in Houston to clinch the series despite Steph Curry not notching a single point in the first half. It was the first time in Curry's playoff career that he went scoreless for an entire half.

Now that the Warriors are onto the Western Conference Finals once again, KD's health is becoming even more crucial to whether or not Golden State will be able to complete the 3-peat.

Yesterday, it was announced that Durant was officially ruled out for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals:

The fact that he could also miss Game 2 of the WCF means that KD's injury still has a decent bit of recovering to do.

Now, I think Golden State can get by the Portland Trail Blazers without Durant. I believe Portland will push the series to 6 and possibly 7 games. But I think the Warriors with their playoff prowess will find themselves back in the NBA Finals for a fifth straight season.

Where I think the Warriors could run into some serious trouble without Durant would be in the NBA Finals in a matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

"The Greek Freak" is a 6'11" freak of an athlete that's this season's likely MVP of the NBA. The Warriors only players on their roster listed at 6'11" or bigger are Andrew Bogut and Demarcus Cousins. Bogut hardly plays and Cousins is hurt and unlikely to play the rest of the season as well.

Whether Golden State gets KD back or not, this season has the feeling that it might just be the finale of the Warriors' run of winning championships.