Ric Bucher: Game 4 Would Be Too Late For Kevin Durant to Return

Kevin Durant

It's Just Game 1 but the loss the Golden State Warriors took to the Toronto Raptors exposed how challenging it is for this team to execute their championship pedigree without Kevin Durant. Ric Bucher in the audio below shares his thoughts with Jason Smith and Doug Gottlieb on when Durant needs to return to keep this series within reach realistically.

Game 4 would be too late. I could easily see them down 3-0, he (Durant) comes back for Game 4, he helps you win that, but now you're playing Game 5 back in Toronto and Toronto can smell it. Keep in mind, if I'm not mistaken, they beat these Warriors during the regular season WITH a Kevin Durant, so Kevin coming back is not going to shake the foundation of the Toronto Raptors especially if they're on the precipice of getting this done.

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