Why are you defending season's best players with 5 to 10 game sample arguments?
It's better sample size than just 5 to 10 games. Kobe was named western conference player of the month for February. He's been playing at higher level than Durant has for last 2 to 3 weeks. If Kobe keeps this pace up he will easily be above Durant by end of the year. Their is 23 games left in NBA season.
The last five or so days, the Warriors have not deserved the presence of Steph Curry. All of his hard, brilliant work wasted by a team of chumps.
Klay Thompson is way too erratic of a player. I miss Brandon Rush so badly right now. David Lee's struggling with his shoulders. Jarrett Jack can be an excellent sixth man but he is shooting way too much since his performances in the recent games vs. San Antonio and Minnesota. Got no problem with anything Landry's been doing. Barnes is cool, too; but the team has to figure out how to incorporate him into plays down low (especially against a team like the 76ers!), and when some of the other guys have the turnover bug, he gets it, too, no surprise as a rookie.
But Thompson and Jack have lately been killing the Dubs. The turnovers, the low percentage shots, the overall clunky approach. At least Thompson made some shots from distance tonight, but it hardly negates the bad stuff. I'm hugely grateful for Curry's level of play this past week, but it's infuriating how much of it has been utterly wasted.
I was reading an article on GSOM on SBN lately that really looking at it, Klay breaks down in the 4th Q's because he is tired and doesn't have Rush to take some of his minutes. That injury killed us.