When Kevin Durant came to the Bay three years ago, the Warriors winning the title was considered to be a foregone conclusion.
While the result of the the 2016-17 season was a foregone conclusion with ease, that doesn’t mean that the Warriors were immune to the sometimes difficult process of acclimation and adjustment.
Stephen Curry was a guest on NBA Insider extraordinaire Adrian Wojnarowski’s Woj Pod Friday night, and among the topics was adjusting when the team added Durant.
“There was always around like the shot distribution and who would have to sacrifice the most [between] Me, Klay, Draymond, Andre, with KD on the squad,“ Curry told Woj. “And to be honest, that first year, playing together, it was me in terms of how I was used to getting shots. How I was used to playing or what not so I had to make adjustments. And at times, it was difficult.”
Curry cited the Christmas Day game against the Cleveland Cavaliers as one of the most difficult examples of the adjustment period. During that game, Curry struggled from the field, only scoring 14 points and just played passively.
After the Christmas game, Curry began to find his groove and balance between acclamation and aggression. At the end of their first season together, Curry and Durant averaged 25.3 and 25.1 point per game respectively. In the playoffs, Durant averaged a tick higher at 28.5 to Curry’s 28.1.
Now in their third year together, both Curry and Durant proved that they could dominate together. At the first of the year, it was a possibility that this duo could average 30 points a piece. However, there are times where it seems as if the Warriors struggle to find balance between the two.
Last night’s win over the Celtics is a recent example. After exploding for 17 of his 24 points in the second quarter, Curry only had five shot attempts in the fourth.
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