Durant entered Tuesday leading Golden State in scoring (25.8 points per game), rebounding (8.4) and blocks (1.7), and ranked third in assists (4.9), steals (1.1) and three-pointers (112).
The team announced on Wednesday that Durant sprained his medial collateral ligament and suffered a tibial bone bruise and would be re-evaluated in four weeks.
So, the news Golden State received following Durant's MRI has to be considered pretty good. They're still adjusting to life with Durant, and now, with Durant's injury, that all takes a step back.
The Warriors will have a bit of an obstacle to overcome of their own, as Kevin Durant won't be suiting up for the game. Shortly after, Durant was escorted by trainers to the Warriors locker room in apparent frustration.
The loss drops Golden State to 50-11 on the season and snaps their National Basketball Association record streak of 146 consecutive regular season games without back-to-back defeats.
Thompson also hasn't had to use his underrated post game as much this season with Durant, but when he gets a smaller defender on him he can consistently make fadeaways as well as anyone in the league.
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If it were only one game, well, the Warriors would be able to pass it off as struggling with adjusting to playing without Durant, their most productive and efficient player.
Durant took just one shot in the game, leaving with no points. At the end of the first quarter, they led the Warriors, 40-26.
Barnes has played for every team in the Western Conference's Pacific division - and a few others. While the Warriors can score at ease, averaging over 110 points per game, the team allows over 100 points per game. "If you're still looking for inspiration now, you're f-ked", Green said in an interview with ESPN.com's Chris Haynes before the game.
You've still got the Splash Brothers on the perimeter, Draymond doing the dirty work and Shaun Livingston off the bench which is essentially most of the starting lineup from the past two seasons.
Either way the Bulls weren't going to complain about the results, as they watched Curry and Thompson combine to go 3-for-22 from beyond the three-point line, as the usually high-octane Warriors offense went 6-for-30 (20 percent) from long range as a team. Andre Iguodala will need to step up and fill a lot of his minutes, but Matt Barnes (once signed) will also be an important fill-in.