Durant to Opt Out, Rework Deal with Warriors in Offseason

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The Warriors' hamstrung offense will face the league's third-best defense in the first round. But after going 7-10 in their last 17 games and suffering the embarrassing loss to Utah, some have begun to question whether the Warriors will in fact be able to flip the switch, and even if they can, whether it will be enough.

Durant, who won the 2014 NBA MVP with the Oklahoma City Thunder, signed with Golden State in July 2016.

Tickets for Games 3 and 4 at the AT&T Center are now on sale. Finally, we cover Steve Kerr confirming that Andre Iguodala will return for Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs after missing time with a sore left knee. Should they advance, they'll play the victor of the Portland Trail Blazers-New Orleans Pelicans series.

Golden State will enter the first round with newly-signed Quinn Cook as the starting point guard, and while he possesses a lot of the Curry attributes in the perimeter - it simply isn't the same to stick a good shooter at point guard and sticking the most lethal marksman of today's game.

The way the bracket came together on Wednesday, there's a possibility that Curry won't be needed until the Western Conference Finals.

With a rash of injuries and tougher competition this year, the Warriors' path to the Finals might be tougher than ever. Perhaps most impressively, he's protecting the rim for Golden State and averaging 1.8 blocks per game.

Pair that with the fact that Harden has developed a reputation for getting exhausted in the postseason and Paul doesn't exactly have a great track record in the playoffs either, and, well, you can nearly hear the cackling from the Warriors' practice facility from the Lone Star State. "But I'm enjoying every moment of it, so I'm not trying to look too far down the line".

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