2016-17 Golden State Warriors Schedule: Postseason
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant is willing to sacrifice financially if it means keeping the team’s core players together.
As was the case when LeBron James took his talents to South Beach seven years ago, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant raised a few eyebrows when he decided to join forces with the team that defeated his Oklahoma City Thunder squad in last year’s Western Conference Finals.
While the overall consensus was players have every right to suit up for whatever team they choose, there was some backlash that came with this decision as well.
After all, why join a team that you were so close to beating, even if they did let a championship title slip through their fingers in dramatic fashion?
As expected, with the addition of one of the most elite scorers in the NBA, the Warriors won 67 games on the heels of a 73-9 season in 2015-16. Additionally, they have destroyed every playoff opponent en route to remaining perfect through 13 postseason games, including a 113-91 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Fittingly, it was Durant who was one of the major headlines following the game. Playing in his first Finals series in five years, Durant was nothing short of phenomenal.
In 38 minutes of action, the former MVP dropped 38 points on 14-for-26 shooting from the field to go along with eight rebounds and eight assists. For good measure, let’s also mention that he converted three of his six attempts from three-point range as well.