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3 Reasons Why The Warriors Can't Get Out Of The Western Conference Without Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant's recent knee injury has exposed a lot of the Golden State Warrior's weaknesses over the last few weeks.

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3. The warriors don't have strength in numbers anymore

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What made the warriors so great over the last 2 years was the strength of their bench. In addition to having 3 star players, they had guys like Andre Igoudala, Shaun Livingston, Leandro Barbosa, Festus Ezeli, and Maurese Speights coming off of the bench for them. Put this in perspective, in last year’s NBA Finals the Warriors became the first team since the Pacers on June 14th, 2000 to have 3 or more players on their bench get more than 10 points. So their “strength in numbers,” is what really made them special. Andre Igoudala and Shaun Livingston are the only two member of that great bench unit left.

2. Stephen Curry hasn't been himself all year

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Curry is shooting a career low 39 percent from behind the three-point line this year and when your game is predicated on your ability to hit tough threes, that is terrible news. He's also their second best player behind Durant, so if he isn't playing well, it affects every other member of the team as well. The Warriors are a jump-shooting team that thrives off of floor spacing so when their best shooters aren't making shots, it messes up their game plan.

1. As usual, the western conference is loaded

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James Harden is playing at a MVP level and the Rockets are red-hot heading in to the playoffs. The Spurs are always great and Kawhi Leonard is playing like a potential MVP as well. The rockets and the Spurs are the two main threats to beat the Warriors in the Western conference. And the Spurs can catch the Warriors in the standings and get home-court advantage throughout the playoffs with the number one seed which would be terrible for the Warriors because they don't play as well on the road as they do at home.

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