The Golden State Warriors suffered a blow Tuesday, as superstar Kevin Durant went down with a knee injury.
The team announced Durant suffered an MCL sprain, as well as a tibial bone bruise, and they’re hopeful he will return for the first round of the playoffs.
The Warriors still are in a good spot, as they’re currently the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. However, one NBA analyst believes if Durant is unavailable for the postseason, Golden State can kiss its championship hopes goodbye.
Speaking on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” on Thursday, Charles Barkley made the bold claim that the Warriors have no chance of winning the NBA title if Durant is sidelined.
“Without Kevin Durant, they’ve got zero chance at winning the championship,” Barkley said. “Actually, with the additions the Cleveland Cavaliers have made, they probably are the leader in the clubhouse. But without Kevin Durant, they’ve got no chance at winning the championship. Zero.”
In fact, Barkley believes a Durant-less Warriors team wouldn’t even make it to the NBA Finals.
“If they don’t have Kevin Durant, I don’t even think they get out of the West,” Barkley said. “That’s just my personal opinion.”
While Durant certainly is an important part of Golden State’s championship aspirations, Barkley’s claims feel a bit exaggerated. The Warriors have been a part of the past two NBA Finals, both of which without Durant on the roster.
Durant’s presence in the Warriors’ lineup is undeniable, but their roster outside of KD still is very formidable.
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