In five games without their MVP, the Warriors are a perfect 5-0 and are looking like the team we all fell in love with four years ago. Our eyes are telling us the Warriors might be better off, but our brains are telling us differently.
As for KD himself, he is (unsurprisingly) not buying the notion that his team is easier to defend without him, as Seth Curry alluded to in a recent post-game interview.
The narrative that the Dubs have been better in KDs absence has been spreading like wildfire since his mysterious calf injury in Game 5 vs Houston. Steph and Klay have been firing on all cylinders, while Draymond is in the midst of a major resurgence. No matter what you think about Durant, you can say that the ball moves much better without him and that while the team itself may not be better, Steph, Klay, and Draymond are.
In the wake of KD's absence, the Warriors are coming face-to-face with some serious and fair questions about the direction of their team. Seeing how well things are going, is it worth it to break the bank to keep 31-year-old Kevin Durant, or might they be just fine letting him walk this summer? It sounds ridiculous, but Steph is forcing us all to give it some real thought.