But even still, spreading what Butler and Redick do over multiple players is not such a drop that would see them fall down the standings in any meaningful way. And fwiw, they'll have far more regret over letting Shamet go than if JJ walks in the summer.
I think the loss is significant, but not for this series.
I think the Warriors will beat the Clippers.
The main effect is on other teams that come onto the Warriors floor know that it’s nothing like the fortress it once was. Teams will keep coming at them knowing they can junk big leads, whereas previously they’d throw in the towel. Also Durant’s game yesterday was just bizarre. He took 8 shots for the game.
In the last 10 games of the season he had games of 9, 6, 5, 7 and 7 shots. So it seems to be a continuation of that (he only averaged 18ppg during that stretch of 10 games).
I had assumed he was resting as Steph finished the season well and Durant wasn't really needed.
But last night he was needed in the third quarter. Steph got his 4th foul and went out with 8 minutes left in the 3rd and Warriors up 31. That was time for Durant to control the game. He took one shot (and made it) in the next 6 minutes. And when he checked out with 2 minutes to go in the third the lead was down to 16.
And by that time LAC had belief and ran all over the top of the Warriors.
I mean it's not like Durant is shooting bad (he's shooting 54% for the series). Just shoot the damn ball!
The main effect is on other teams that come onto the Warriors floor know that it’s nothing like the fortress it once was. Teams will keep coming at them knowing they can junk big leads, whereas previously they’d throw in the towel.