Sharp: Curry And Durant Not Even Maxing Out

Steph Curry and Kevin Durant are dominating the league – and they're barely breaking a sweat

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November 01, 2018 - 1:30 pm

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The Golden State Warriors have won back-to-back NBA titles. Even more impressive, perhaps, is that they really haven’t been pushed. 

Yes, the Rockets forced a Game 7 in the Western Conference Finals – and who knows what would have happened had Chris Paul not been injured – but Golden State is more or less dominating the opposition without max effort from its best players.

“They can win getting a B+ game from Steph Curry and a B+ game from Durant,” Sports Illustrated NBA writer Andrew Sharp said on The DA Show. “They don’t even have to play their best basketball to dominate everyone else. If you’re a basketball fan, you can watch these games and understand that’s that’s what’s happening in most of them.”

Durant averaged 29.0 points in the playoffs. Curry averaged 25.5. Curry had an awful performance in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, finishing with 11 points on 3-of-16 shooting, including 1-of-10 from three. 

Didn’t matter. Durant scored 43 without breaking a sweat.

“The Warriors really aren’t maxing out the individual talents of any of these guys on a regular basis,” Sharp said. “You’ll have a couple of games here and there where they go off, but for the most part, it’s just kind of a bummer to watch. . . . I appreciate greatness. I just want to see a little bit more competition. Watching great players get pushed is the best part of sports.”

DA wonders if we’ll ever see Curry, Durant and the rest of the Warriors max out.

“I think we may,” Sharp said. “I wouldn’t write it off entirely. Because if the roster gets too expensive over the next few years – there was a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff with Golden State this year that I think David West and Shaun Livingston and even Steve Kerr alluded to after the title. Some of that probably centered on Draymond Green, and some of it probably centered on KD, actually. 

“But if the chemistry gets weird and they end up shipping out Draymond or Draymond wants too much money and they decide they don’t want to pay him $180-200 million, if it’s just Steph and KD and one other guy, then I think the calculus changes a little bit and we will see Durant and Curry have to do a little bit more – and that will be fascinating, too. I think that alone would be more interesting than what we’ve got right now. If you take Draymond out of that offense – he facilitates basically half of what they do. If it’s Steph and KD running pick-and-rolls together, it gets a lot more interesting.”