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Ever since Kevin Durant has declared that he is, in fact, Kevin Durant, he has gone on a tear. Durant is now averaging 35 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the postseason. He’s been playing so well that people are starting to assert that he is the greatest basketball player on the planet at the moment. While that’s up for debate, one thing is not: Durant and Curry can coexist but not thrive next to each other.
Throughout Durant’s three seasons in the bay area, there has been a lot of debate about who is more valuable to the warriors and who is ultimately the better player between Steph Curry and Kevin Durant. Both have had stretches of looking like not just the best player on the team, but in the world. But, rarely have the two stars ever both clicked together. Most of the time it looks like one has had to take a backseat to the other. These 2019 NBA Playoffs have been no exception.
Curry has been greatly overshadowed by Durant this postseason. He’s putting up just 22 points, less than 5 assists and roughly 6 rebounds. While his shooting stats for the entire playoffs have still been good (.446/.400/.940), he has largely been a non-factor against the Houston Rockets as Durant has carried the offense. Curry is shooting under 40% from the floor and under 30% from three while averaging less than 20 points per game against Houston. In Saturday night’s game, Curry shot just 7-23 from the field and blew a wide-open dunk that would have made it a 3 point game with less than a minute to go.
If Curry doesn’t get back to his normal self within the next couple of games, Golden State may be looking at not just missing out on another ring, but the conference finals altogether.