Former Golden State GM: Warriors Can Win Title Without Durant; They Can't Win Without Curry

Kevin Durant is a better player than Steph Curry, Larry Riley said, but Golden State needs Curry more

Taz and the Moose
April 13, 2018 - 9:56 am

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The Golden State Warriors begin the postseason against San Antonio on Saturday, and they’ll do so without Steph Curry. The two-time MVP has played just one game since March 8 – and not at all since March 23 – due to an MCL injury.

Former Warriors general manager Larry Riley believes this is a “major concern” for Golden State, which is seeking its fourth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.

“The obvious injuries that they have had – and then the last injury to Steph Curry – creates a major problem,” Riley said on Taz & The Moose. “I think Las Vegas still has them as a little bit of a favorite over Houston, but at the same time, I wouldn't go out and bet a whole lot of money. If I had my house payment on it, I’d be a little nervous.”

Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green all missed time during the second half of the season due to injury or illness. Durant, Thompson, and Green are back; Curry is not.

“I felt like all along that Kevin Durant maybe certainly is a better player than Steph Curry,” Riley said. “But if you look at the team, they might win without Kevin Durant; they can’t win the title unless Steph Curry can make some kind of progress and get into this playoff thing. Everyone knows it’s very doubtful he’s going to play in the first round. Things are wide open. It’s up in the air. I think there are several teams that could win this thing. I like a lot of teams in the West. I think there are going to be some very exciting series, and it’s going to be interesting to see what plays out.”