Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Thursday afternoon at 4:30, streaming live on the MyTeams app.
The Warriors are a better team when Kevin Durant is in uniform.
Golden State can obviously still win a lot of games when KD is out -- just ask the Rockets. And the team embraces the challenge of trying to win games without him.
But when the reigning two-time NBA Finals MVP is on the court, they go to a whole other level.
Having said that, Trail Blazers guard Seth Curry made some interesting comments to Sam Amick of The Athletic after the Warriors' Game 1 win in the Western Conference finals.
“I think they are harder to guard (without Durant),” Seth said. “They move around faster when he’s not out there. They’re definitely not a better team, but they’re harder to guard.
"Obviously, they play a different style of basketball when Steph and Klay (Thompson) are the focal points offensively, and we haven’t played that team in a while.
"We’ve got to reshift our focus and make some adjustments coming into Game 2.”
Not letting Steph Curry dribble into wide open 3-pointers would be a good start for Portland.
With Durant sidelined on Tuesday night, Golden State shot 50 percent overall and went 17-for-33 from 3-point territory.
Steph racked up 36 points and seven assists and drilled 9 of 15 attempts from beyond the arc. Klay, meanwhile, scored 26 points and could have had more if he made some wide open looks.
Durant will not play in Game 2 and his status beyond Thursday night is still up in the air. If he misses the whole series, the Warriors are still heavy favorites.
But that wouldn't be the case if the four-time scoring champion isn't available should the Dubs advance to the NBA Finals.
Durant would be extremely important against Milwaukee or Toronto. Duh.