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

David Hayes
2019 NBA Finals - Game Five
2019 NBA Finals - Game Five / Claus Andersen

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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 32-5 in their last 37 contests under these circumstances.

While this is still a daunting record for opponents, the Warriors were an even more impressive 31-2 in their last 33 games with Curry and without Durant heading into the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.

After Durant suffered a strained calf in the second round of the NBA Playoffs against the Houston Rockets, he returned in Game 5 of the NBA Finals and suffered an Achilles tendon injury that will keep him sidelined for the remainder of the series.

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.

However, anyone who thinks this Warriors' dynasty is coming to an end if Durant leaves might want to think again, especially after Monday's night win on the road in Toronto. They clearly can win without him, both in these NBA Playoffs and beyond.

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