An injury not worth worrying about

Shouldn’t the news of someone getting hurt worry you? Maybe it should conjure feelings of concern? In the sports world, especially, the news of an injury, particularly if it happens to a crucial player like the Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant, should be a cause for intense worry and doubt. That said, these are the Warriors we’re talking about. If there’s any team that’ll be able to cope with the loss of a megastar like Durant, it’s the team from Oakland.

The Warriors recently announced that Kevin Durant, already out for tonight’s Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers, will remain out for Games 3 and 4 of the series. Durant is dealing with a calf injury he suffered in the final game of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Houston Rockets.

The Warriors don’t have much reason to worry though. They easily dispatched the Trail Blazers in Game 1 to the tune of a 22-point win. They weren’t really tested throughout Game 1, never seeing the Blazers come within five or six points of them since the early first quarter.

Meanwhile, the team seemed to work without issue despite Durant’s absence. It’s yet another piece of the argument for why Durant leaving in the offseason wouldn’t seriously affect the Warriors. But perhaps the biggest indication of the Warriors’ comfortability in this series sans Durant is that coach Steve Kerr hasn’t changed his tactics at all. Not one bit. This tidbit only means that the Warriors are not skipping a beat in their quest for one last championship before they move across the bay from Oakland to San Francisco.

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