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Warriors in good shape to withstand Curry’s ankle issues

Dan Dibley
December 07, 2017 - 7:15 am

Championship teams must overcome tremendous adversity over the course of a season in order to retain or regain their hardware. The 2017-18 Warriors season is no different as they’re now faced with playing without two-time MVP Stephen Curry for an undetermined length of time.

Curry is likely out until Christmas at the earliest, meaning the Warriors will have to make do without one of the best players in the league for quite a stretch. Fortunately, they have the personnel, the scheduling, and the scheme to not only survive but thrive.

While the team will assuredly miss Curry’s devastating three-point shooting, the scoring slack can be picked up by Kevin Durant (35 points vs. Charlotte in the first game without Steph).

Floor generalship and point guard leadership will be tougher to replicate, especially as G-league call-up Quinn Cook tries to man the point. He played effectively in his debut but the offense will likely be run through Draymond Green, Shaun Livingston, and Andre Iguodala as much as the youngster Cook.

Schedule-wise, it’s a pretty good time for Curry to be out of action. After the road trip ends with a date in Detroit, the Warriors will play 9 of the next 10 at ghome, with the lone date a short trip to L.A. to face the Lakers.

Without Curry, look for Steve Kerr to change the offensive and defensive rotations and schemes. He will continue to use different starting lineups and his rotations will unique, based on the opponent and the game situation. And, without the greatest distance shooter of all-time, the Warriors will find new offensive sources from a variety of spots on the floor.​

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