Golden State Warriors’ Top 5 X-Factors Entering 2017 NBA Playoffs

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    Kevin Durant’s quip from a month-plus deficiency to a left knee damage started with a statement. On Golden State’s initial possession, a 7-footer slithered past his defender and burning an fatiguing retreat dunk.

    But a summary sent from his whole night—which featured 16 points on 15 shots, 10 rebounds and 6 assists—was that even a former MVP isn’t defence to rust.

    “It became transparent that Durant is not utterly behind to full Superman standing yet,” a Bay Area News Group’s Carl Steward wrote. “That eye-popping opening impact notwithstanding, a maestro brazen showed it might take a small some-more time to get behind into an All-Star rhythm.”

    There’s time for Durant to find his footing, and story says chosen prolongation is adult ahead. But with reduction than a week before a playoff opener, a beauty duration to get this going isn’t long.

    That said, a larger plea will be finding how to get Durant and Stephen Curry to perform during rise levels together.

    Durant has seamlessly transitioned to his new setting, posting his many fit debate to date by certain measures. But some of Curry’s best moments happened but Durant, and this offense operates best when Curry attacks openly and with no conscience.

    It’s always correct to gamble on talent, and no one has some-more than this group and this tandem. But there isn’t a some-more vicious story to follow, since if Curry and Durant can lead a Dubs together, it’s roughly unfit to suppose that anyone can stop this locomotive.

     

    Unless differently noted, statistics accurate by Monday, Apr 10, and used pleasantness of NBA.com and Basketball-Reference.com.

    Zach Buckley covers a NBA for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: @ZachBuckleyNBA.

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