Opinion: Are Warriors better without Kevin Durant? It's more complicated than that

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SportsPulse: Maybe Kevin Durant can take this week off anyways? The Trail Blazers looked sluggish and need to regroup quick, otherwise it could be a very short series says Martin Rogers.
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OAKLAND — It would be an oh-so-convenient headline but also incredibly flippant to suggest that the Golden State Warriors are suddenly better now that their strongest individual part is on injury-enforced hiatus.

No team in its right mind would want Kevin Durant, arguably the game’s most destructive force, watching from the sidelines. Yet in the week that has elapsed since Durant landed awkwardly and the postseason seemed to be thrown into immediate flux, something has happened.

Or should we say hasn’t happened? From that point forward, the Warriors stopped looking like they might be in danger of losing to the Houston Rockets. They stopped sputtering on offense. They stopped being over-reliant on seven (or sometimes eight) men. They stopped being hesitant. And Steph Curry started looking like his old self and the Warriors more like champions than they have all season.

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