The Golden State Warriors are having another fantastic season, well on their way to another 60-win campaign. Yes, the race to the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference will be tough after they dropped two of three on their most-recent road trip.
But with the championship pedigree the Warriors have, being the top seed doesn’t mean much. Leave that concern to the Houston Rockets, because the defending champs have proven themselves on the road in the playoffs in the past.
Right now, the popular item on the Warriors’ wishlist is health as they’re losing that battle to attrition.
Andre Iguodala and David West should be back soon with Patrick McCaw and Jordan Bell not too far behind. However, the big concern is obviously Stephen Curry’s right ankle, which he tweaked last Thursday against the San Antonio Spurs.
With 15 games to go and the Warriors 1.5 games behind the Rockets, homecourt advantage can’t be a priority. But would a 2-seed be a sign of an unfavorable postseason? Absolutely not.
Curry’s ankle — one that he’s tweaked four times this season — is the top priority for this juggernaut. As special as Kevin Durant, arguably the best player in the NBA, is, Golden State needs the magic of the two-time Most Valuable Player.
His wizardry and lethal shot-making allow the Warriors to achieve perfect spacing. So instead of rushing Curry back, why not put him on ice and let him chill as the regular season winds down?
Sure, Durant is capable of putting the Warriors on his back as he’s one of the most unguardable players in NBA history. He revels in isolating helpless defenders and cooking them with no mercy.
But that’s not the Warriors’ way. They thrive with ball movement, not in an offense that relies on playing one-on-one.
Again, Golden State goes as Curry goes, and that’s no disrespect to Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Their most daunting opponent is that tricky ankle of Curry’s, and getting that right is much more urgent than having homecourt in a potential Western Conference Finals showdown against the Rockets.
Nothing wrong with shutting Curry down until the postseason. The odds of that happening are slim, but it is something the Warriors should consider.
Health, and not the Rockets, is the biggest opponent for the Warriors this postseason.
Bonta Hill of 95.7 The Game can be heard from 12-3 on the Greg Papa Show. Born and bred in San Francisco, he is a sports junkie who loves to sit in the lab (home), eats breakfast food for dinner, and has a newfound love for tequila. Follow at your own risk on Twitter @BontaHill.Andre IguodalaGolden State WarriorsKevin DurantStephen CurrySteve Kerr