After a hard nose must win game 5 for the Warriors, they have landed back in Oakland and are ready for game 6 against the Toronto Raptors. But after that horrendous lost of star player Kevin Durant, what is next for the Warriors as they try to bring home their 3rd straight NBA Championship. Kevin Durant’s impact to the Warriors is something that not a lot of players can say they do. The 2-time NBA finals MVP (2017, 2018), 10-time NBA Allstar (2010-2019) and 6-time All NBA selection first team player impacts the game with or without the ball.
As a player, seeing a 2.06m tall opposing player on the other side is something you never hope to see. Especially if they are playing the small forward position. With Kevin Durant being as tall as he is and being as versatile with the ball, he draws help defense and continues to keep his defender entertained. His impact to the warriors is not hard to see as throughout the 2019 season he has averaged 26 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 assist in 78 games played. These numbers are unheard of as only 8 other players sit in front of him for scoring average and 24 others in front of him for assist.
With KD having such an impact on the Warriors, how will they be without him? The Warriors even without him are undoubtedly still one of the most talented teams in the league and the world. With star point guard leading the team, Steph Curry will be nothing but sure handed this upcoming game 6 in Oracle Arena. The hot handed player will light up the stats sheet whether it be by his unbelievable shooting or his unique passing, this hard-nosed player will not let his team down as he tries to lead them back from being down 3-1 in the finals.
Not only will the Warriors rely on start guard Steph Curry, but they will also rely on their shooting guard Klay Thompson. Thompson, being a sure handed 3-point shooter, will put it all on the court tonight as he tries to prove to the world why he deserved to be on the NBA All selection team. Klay Thompson has been putting up ridiculous stat lines this season and I expect nothing less from him in this must win game. Averaging 21.5 points per game, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assist, I’m assuming Klay will put up nothing less than these averages as he puts it all on the line as there are only at most 2 more games in this 2019 season.
After such a tough start to the NBA Finals, going down 3 – 1 in the series to the Raptors, I expect nothing short from the Warriors as they look to force a game 7 and bring back their 3rd straight title to the bay area. Behind such great leaders and stars, they have what it takes to really be a strong team against Kawhi and the Raptors. With KD sidelined I expect him to be court side on the bench supporting his team. As he is a great leader on the court, I am expecting him to be a great leader off the court as well and help take over a leadership role off the court by helping to get his team ready for this must needed win.