When Kevin Durant went down against the Wizards, no one expected the Warriors to struggle this much. A lot of people just expected them to be okay because they were a 73-9 team without Durant, but times have changed.
The Warriors really only have about five guys remaining from that 73-9 team last and they heavily rely on Curry, Thompson, and Durant every night. Curry has fallen back into a shooting slump making zero of 11 threes against Philadelphia on the 27th of February.
After the Warriors lost the game against the Wizards when Durant initially went down, they went on to lose their second game in a row against Chicago. We hadn’t seen the Warriors lose two in a row since 2013 so it was a big deal.
In the game against Chicago, Curry shot on 37 percent but did finish with 23 points. He still wasn’t looking like his usual self though as he continued to struggle from deep only making two of 11 from beyond the arc.
Thompson also struggled in this game scoring just 13 points on five of 12 shooting. While his field goal percentage wasn’t low he wasn’t his usual self from three. He knocked down just one of 11 three pointers.
The past two games for the Warriors have shown that the team can still win games without KD, even if it’s a close game. In a surprisingly competitive game against the underwhelming Knicks, the Warriors were able to end their two game losing streak.
The back to back MVP was finally able to get out of his slump and score 31 on 45 percent shooting which isn’t bad. He also looked a lot like his old self going five for 13 from deep and playing with a swagger he hasn’t shown in a while. Thompson also bounced back adding 29 points and four three pointers.
In their game against Atlanta Monday night, Curry and Thompson would again struggle offensively. Curry shot eight for 20 and finished with 23 points while Thompson finished with only 13 points. The Warriors still managed to win this one due to an unlikely source of offense, Andre Iguodala. Iguodala finished with 24 points on a very efficient 75 percent from the field. The Warriors were able to pull out the victory 119-111 thanks to Iggys big game.
With Kevin Durant out the Warriors are still trying to find the perfect formula to keep winning, and keep the number one seed in the West.