By Danny Golding

 

Well this postseason has been rocky and boy is that an understatement! In game 2 of the series against the Clippers Demarcus Cousins suffered a torn achilles injury and last night fears were that Kevin Durant could have suffered the same fate. At the end of the 2nd quarter after hitting a jumper he appeared to not be able to walk normally. Today, it was announced that KD had only suffered a mild calf strain.  Curry looked like his normal self  as the Dubs executed well in the 4th quarter and came away with the victory in a 104-99 down to the wire battle.  Kevin Durant will be reevaluated next week but will be out for the rest of this series. It’s the Warriors turn to prove they can contend for a 3 peat without their superstar addition that’s helped them win the last 2 titles. Game 6 is tonight at 6:00 in Houston although this is a must win for the Rockets to keep their season alive, the Rockets have already beaten the Warriors in game 3 and 4 and have every potential to blow out the Warriors tonight. The Dubs have won an NBA title without KD and have won 73 games and and a Western Conference title without KD, but this team is going to have the most challenging time trying to 3 peat if KD isn’t able to come back for the Western Conference finals. First things first though, the Dubs need to win game 6 or 7 for us to even talk about the Western Conference finals. Although game 7 looks like the most promising outcome, the Dubs would love nothing more then to prove they can win in Houston without KD and end this series tonight. In 2015 the Warriors won an NBA title not only with Steph, Klay, Draymond Iguodala, Bogut and Shaun Livingson but also with Harrison Barnes, Leandro Barbosa, Marreese Speights, Fetsus Ezeil and David Lee. Those players especially Barnes and Barbosa were big keys that won them the 2014-2015 NBA title. The original players that are also on this team Steph, Klay, Draymond, Bogut and Livingson need to step up as well as Alfonzo Mckinnie, Jonas Jerebko, Quinn Cook, Jordan Bell and Kevon Looney. They are 1 win away from advancing to the Western Conference Finals but also 2 losses away from being eliminated in the playoffs without making it to the finals, a fate that hasn’t actually happened since 2014.  Kevin Durant could return next series if they pull off that one more year, but it could also have been KD’s last appearance on the Dubs as well as the end of the Dynasty. It is in the Warriors hands to keep the dynasty alive!