For the Warriors, life without Steph Curry (for a couple of weeks that is) begins on Wednesday night in Charlotte.
Following shootaround, Steve Kerr talked to reporters about what Golden State needs to focus on while the two-time MVP is sidelined.
"We don't need KD and Klay to shoot every time," Kerr began. "That's gonna be the word: 'Now it's time for Klay and KD to step up.' But we don't need them to step up by shooting every time. We need them to step up with leadership and calming influences. And make sure we're executing our stuff really well.
"We're the best transition team in the league. Our halfcourt offense sometimes is lacking because we rely too much on our talent and we don't maybe pay attention. We gotta pay attention. This has to grab our attention as a team.
"And that's where we can make the most improvement anyway -- whether Steph is here or not -- is our halfcourt execution; our attention to detail. That's what KD and Klay need to pay attention to, not 'I'm gonna get 40 to make up for Steph's absence.'"
The Warriors lead the NBA by a wide margin in fastbreak points per game -- 22.9.
The Lakers are No. 2 at 15.3.
Curry averages 6.6 assists per game (tied for the ninth in the NBA), which is not a massive number (Draymond Green leads the Warriors with 7.1 assists per game).
But he strikes fear in defenses and his gravity creates countless open shots for his teammates. This is why he leads the league in secondary assists (1.7 per game).
Playing without him will definitely be an adjustment.
"What makes our team special is not having an MVP or two MVPs. It's having a team of playmakers," Kerr told reporters. "I want Shaun involved, I want Andre involved, I want David West playing on the block. And KD and Klay can foster all of that by moving the ball and cutting and screening and then everything will come out in the wash and we'll play well.
"But we can't get into iso situations and just think that just because we have a lot of talent, iso stuff will bail us out. We gotta work."
According to NBA.com, only 6.0 percent of the Warriors' possessions have been "isolation" plays -- the seventh lowest mark in the league.
Golden State leads the league in "off screen" plays (12.2) and "cut" plays (12.7 percent).
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller