With the Golden State Warriors losing Game 1 of the NBA Finals to the Toronto Raptors, the natural storyline after the game was that the Warriors need Kevin Durant in order to beat the Eastern Conference champs.
Durant, one of the best players in the world, is the Warriors' bail-out player, and they didn't have him in their 118-109 loss.
After the game, Steve Kerr was asked if things were especially difficult on Thursday night without Durant.
"It doesn't matter until he's out there," Kerr told reporters in Toronto. "So if he's out there, he's pretty good, but if he's not out there we play with the guys we have and we have got enough. We have won the last, whatever, six games without him, five, six games. So we have enough, but you play with the guys who are healthy and you go. So we'll see what happens."
So while the national media might believe the Warriors need Durant to win the NBA Finals, Kerr believes he has enough to win a third straight title. Golden State did win five straight games without the services of Durant.
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On Wednesday evening, Kerr went on KNBR 680 and was asked about Durant's status for Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday.
"Considering Game 2 is Sunday and he hasn't practiced with the team, you know -- it's pretty doubtful that he'll play Game 2," Kerr said.
We still believe the Warriors can win this series without Durant. But after watching Game 1, it's going to be much tough than expected.