West: Warriors Must Find A Way To Get It Done

When healthy, the Warriors are better than anyone, David West says, but recent injuries have exposed "a chink in the armor"

Taz and the Moose
June 07, 2019 - 9:34 am
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The Golden State Warriors played without Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, and the result was unsurprising. 

They lost. 

If the Warriors don’t get healthy – and fast – they could lose the series.

“I thought this is kind of where they would be,” former Warrior and two-time NBA champion David West said on Taz & The Moose. “I think it comes down with them to health every single time. If they’re healthy, they can compete and probably do it at a higher level than anybody. But it gets a little more tricky and complicated when they’re banged up like they are now. It’s a tough break, but nobody’s going to feel sorry for anybody. They’re just going to have to figure out a way to get it done.”

The Warriors have been without Durant since the conference semifinals. They stayed afloat in his absence, but playing without Durant and Thompson in Game 3 was too much to overcome.

“When they’re not healthy, it’s a chink in the armor,” West said. “They have the ability to turn it on and play at that level that few teams can reach. But you really got to have your health. That’s really what the key to this series is. I think Toronto is doing a great job of just being in attack mode – shooting it, really forcing the Warriors to adjust.”

While several Raptors could make a case for Finals MVP, Kawhi Leonard has been the straw that stirs the drink. He is averaging 29.0 points, 9.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists in the series.

“Kawhi is going to do everything right,” West said. “That’s the hardest thing to deal with going against a guy like that. He’s not going to short-cut it. He’s going to force you to account for him every single play. You got to block him out when he doesn’t have the ball. You have to watch him back-cut when he doesn’t have the ball. You got to watch him constantly, and he’s just one of those guys that’s not going to cheat. He’s a very, very difficult player to deal with, especially when he’s scoring and shooting the ball freely and getting downhill. You’ve got to crowd him and give him multiple looks. You can’t let him get comfortable doing the same thing. He can close with the best of them.”

West, 38, also discussed his new business venture, the Historical Basketball League (HBL), which will serve as a secondary option for college basketball players. The league, which plans to launch in the summer of 2020, will pay players between $50,000 and $100,000 and give them full college scholarships.

“We feel like they don’t have a secondary option,” West said of today’s generation. “Two pretty high-profile players have decided to go another route, which is leaving the country to go play somewhere else. We feel like that option should be available right here for them.”

Click below to listen to West’s interview in its entirety.