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Warriors Have Shocking Record When Kevin Durant Sits and Steph Curry Plays

David Hayes
Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Six
Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Six / Harry How

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When most teams lose an All-NBA player, they understandably struggle. Just look at the Los Angeles Lakers without LeBron James or the Philadelphia 76ers without Joel Embiid this season.

Well, that same logic doesn't apply to the Golden State Warriors, apparently. That's because in games that Kevin Durant sits and Steph Curry plays, the Warriors are now a staggering 24-1 since the former MVP joined the team in 2016.

The Warriors won each of their last three games with Durant out and Curry playing this season, which includes their lone regular-season win over the Houston Rockets on March 13. With Durant suffering a strained calf, he could be out for playoff games.

Even with Curry shooting just 40.0 percent from the field in Durant's absence in that regular-season matchup with Houston, the Warriors still had enough weapons to outscore the Rockets.

There are a ton of rumors suggesting Durant could leave Golden State this offseason, and some NBA fans would surely like to see the Warriors finally take a hit. But anyone who thinks this Warriors' dynasty is coming to an end if Durant leaves might want to think again. They clearly can win without, both in these NBA Playoffs and beyond.

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