Utah, the NBA's stingiest defensive team over the last few weeks, was the last team Golden State wanted to face early in the playoffs this year.
Kevin Durant will become a free agent this summer, but he's reportedly not going anywhere. Heck, he took a $1.5 million pay cut from the season before, which is something you don't see too often from a star player in his prime.
ESPN Front Office Insider Bobby Marks dissected Durant's options for this upcoming offseason.
The All-Star has chose to opt-out of his current contract of $26 million to restructure a new deal with the Warriors, league sources told ESPN.
He can sign a four-year max contract valued at around $158 million. "Well, the last two years, it made sense to do the one-year deal". Since there are no real incentives for Durant or for his team to take such a drastic reduction in pay this time around, it is therefore justified that Durant opt-out to seek for a better contract this time around.
A three-year deal with guarantees of $35.3 million for 2018-19, $38.2 million for 2019-20, then a player option worth $41 million for 2020-21.
And while neither Portland or New Orleans is a pushover, neither team has the firepower to make a push a seven-game series with Golden State to the limit (and that's without Curry). His offensive game is still among the best in the league, as Durant is averaging 26.4 points and 5.4 assists per game.
It shook out with the Spurs landing the No. 7 seed, setting up a rematch of last year's Western Conference Finals - Warriors-Spurs - in the first round. Meanwhile, Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green were all also felled by multi-game and/or multi-week ailments in March, while others like Patrick McCaw and Andre Iguodala have yet to play in April thanks to injuries of their own.