The big NBA news is that Kevin Durant vanquished his old OKC Thunder with 39 points in just 31 minutes, leading the 4-1 Golden State Warriors to a resounding 122-96 victory. Durant’s scoring outburst featured seven 3-pointers — he tried 11 from beyond the arc. But another story is brewing in Golden State, too. Two-time defending MVP Steph Curry scored a pedestrian 21 points.
Curry tried just 14 shots in 30 minutes while Durant jacked 24 shots in his 31 minutes on the court. Curry averaged 20.4 shots per game last season, leading a Durant-less Warriors to their second straight NBA Finals. Curry is still getting 17.8 attempts so far, with Durant averaging 18.4. But if the big games result in a ten shot differential between the superstars, how long does a 2-time MVP stay on the party line that it’s all about the wins, not the individual accolades. And to ask a purely commercial question: how do Curry’s sponsors feel about paying all the money to the guy who’s no longer option No. 1? Especially Under Armour, which lost out on Kevin Durant after a huge effort?