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Steph Curry vs. Kevin Durant Warriors debate explained by Nick Wright

Steph Curry vs. Kevin Durant Warriors debate explained by Nick Wright

The NBA playoffs are a long second season. This year, the postseason began on April 13 with the NBA Finals slated to begin May 30. With the Warriors sweeping the Portland Blazers in the Western Conference finals, Golden State gets over a week to rest up before the Dubs' fifth straight NBA Finals appearance. 

And with all that time, comes a whole lot of rumors and talking points. Especially, when it comes to Kevin Durant and the Warriors. 

As Durant continues to rehab his strained right calf, his fellow superstar teammate Steph Curry went berserk in the conference finals, averaging 36.5 points, 7.3 assists and 8.3 rebounds per game. Curry's resurgence in the playoffs, naturally begs the question -- who's more important to the Warriors? 

Nick Wright of FS1 further explained the debate Thursday morning on "First Things First."

"On the Golden State Warriors, Steph Curry is the best player," Wright said. "He is the most important player, he is the most valuable player. Now if both were free agents, the New York Knicks would rather have Kevin Durant, because outside of them in this ecosystem, Durant probably is the more versatile player." 

[RELATED: Sense within Warriors that KD leaves this summer]

It's hard to argue against Wright's points in this case. Curry is the main block that built the Warriors up from laughing stock to dynasty. Adding Durant turned them into an unbeatable force, with the star forward winning NBA Finals MVP in each of the past two seasons. 

The Knicks might value Durant over Curry more if both were free agents this summer, but they probably wish they were able to draft Steph instead of Jordan Hill 10 years ago even more.

Warriors vs. Lakers live stream: How to watch NBA preseason game

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Warriors vs. Lakers live stream: How to watch NBA preseason game

It seems like we’ve been here before.

The Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers will match up for the third time this preseason Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

The two clubs played just two days ago at Staples Center, with the Lakers coming out on top with a 104-98 win.

Steph Curry will not play in the penultimate preseason game for Golden State, and forward Omari Spellman also will sit after a tweaked back suffered in Monday night’s loss.

Anthony Davis, who missed Monday’s game, is expected to suit up for Los Angeles.

[RELATED: How Steph plans to stay healthy through heavy workload]

Here’s how you can watch Warriors-Lakers online and on TV:

When: Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m.
TV Channel: ESPN
Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Steve Kerr jokes with Klay Thompson about redshirt year with Warriors

Steve Kerr jokes with Klay Thompson about redshirt year with Warriors

Now this is the kind of content you are here for.

Steve Kerr spoke to reporters after shootaround Wednesday morning. And as he saw guard Klay Thompson walking nearby, the Warriors coach busted out the jokes.

"Klay, we don't really need at all," Kerr said.

After Thompson responded with "redshirt season," Kerr seized the opportunity to roast the two-time All-NBA selection.

"We're redshirting him, trying to get him bigger and stronger. Get him used to campus life. Academically, he's got a ways to go ..."

Klay is rehabbing his torn left ACL, and will be sidelined until at least the All-Star break.

It's possible that the five-time All-Star misses the whole season, hence the "redshirt" reference.

[RELATEDDubs' Spellman out for tonight's preseason game at Lakers]

But the Warriors sure hope that doesn't become the reality and Klay is able to come back at the end of the regular season for a playoff push.

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