The Warriors lost to the Wizards last night, but that was the least of their concerns after seeing Kevin Durant go down early in the game.
Washington center Marcin Gortat went for a rebound and pushed Zaza Pachulia who fell on Durant’s leg in the first quarter: His teammates were obviously concerned after the game. As well they should be.
He’s a league MVP and a four time scoring champ. You’re not replacing that guy. A guy, who not has been a great fit with the team, but a guy who leads them with team highs of 26 and 8. So they got him an MRI last night and were obviously bracing for the worst.
Then they got some pretty good news today. According to Adrian Woj, it’s a sprained MCL and bone bruise and they’re going to reevaluate in a the month.
It could have been much worse. It could have been a torn ligament or something else that would have ruled him out for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs. He could have shredded his knee, but he didn’t.
As it stands, they could get him back by mid-april and he should be good to go when the playoffs start.
In the meantime, they add Matt Barnes, who called it the best day of his life other than the days his kids were born. Barnes, is a nice pick up. A savvy vet, who has played for the Warriors before and who will given them some additional nasty until Durant gets back.
Obviously, it’s never good news when you lose an MVP and a four time scoring champ, but there’s no need for them to hit the panic button. They may not be as good for the next few weeks but like the Cavs, the next two months really don’t matter. And I still think they’re the team to beat.
Although this isn’t exactly the same team that won it all and was a game away from doing it again; they don’t have the same depth without Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut, I still think they’re the team to beat. They still have two of the best perimeter shooters in the history of the sport in Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. They still have one of the best and versatile bigs in the game in Draymond Green. They still have savvy leadership coming off the bench in Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, they still have one of the best coaches in the sport in Steve Kerr, they still have one of the best organizations in the game with amazing culture top to bottom. And they still have the greatest PR pro in the history of all of sports in Raymond Ritter. They’re going to be fine. And they’re still coming out of the west. And I would still take them over the Cavs in the finals. As long as Durant comes back and he’s anywhere near close to 100 percent.
This is a blow, but they’re built to withstand. And it could have been much worse than it is. They’re still the team to beat.