The Warriors are about to play their seventh straight game this postseason without Kevin Durant, as the star forward nurses his strained right calf. The Dubs have only lost one of those contests, but it just happened to come Thursday in Game 1 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Raptors.
Kings guard De'Aaron Fox faced the Warriors four times this season, losing each time. Durant suited up for every game, and Fox knows firsthand how Golden State's offense changes without Durant on the floor.
"Without KD, it's definitely the ball movement," Fox said Thursday morning on FS1's Undisputed before Game 1. "They don't have a guy that's going to isolate. But if KD's on the floor, you gotta give him that space, you have to. Most of the great players, you gotta be able to let them isolate. But that's the great thing about Steph, he doesn't have to isolate."
The Warriors' offense becomes much more motion-heavy with Curry running off screens when Durant is out of the mix. KD could be one of the greatest isolation players of all time with his combination of size and skill.
"I think that's definitely the biggest part. Everybody gets more touches, everybody gets to feel the ball a little bit more when KD's not playing," Fox continued.
That doesn't mean letting Durant take over and isolate doesn't work, though. He averaged 33.5 points per game in the Warriors' four wins over Fox's squad this season.
Thompson is expected to make a full recovery. There's no timetable on a return, but his agent Greg Lawrence has said that Thompson is expected to follow a standard recovery time of 5-to-7 months. Thompson recently agreed to a new 5-year, $190M contract with Golden State. https://t.co/8AITODBHcb
Perhaps he'll be back sooner if Rocco has some magic healing powers?
"Thought he'd be a good dog for a young single man," Klay told Ros Gold-Onwude a couple years ago (watch the video above). "I don't feel like his father. More like homies, you know? He's my boy. He's like my good friend.
"He could either chill or be energetic. That's what I like about him. Goes with the flow. He's all-around a versatile dog."
I know what you're thinking -- is there anything Steph Curry can't do?
At this point, if there is a list of those things, it has to be relatively short, right? Perhaps non-existent. Today, we found out the Warriors star knows the lyrics from the world-famous musical "Hamilton."
Of course he does.
And so do his daughters, Riley and Ryan:
The members of the Curry family drove around singing "You'll Be Back," and finished it off with some surprise ice cream.