Kurtenbach: What are the Warriors missing? It’s obvious in the NBA playoffs

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates after hitting a three-point shot at the end of the first half of an NBA basketball Western Conference Play-In game against the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday, May 19, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

These NBA playoffs have to be so frustrating for Warriors fans to watch.

Seeing the Suns, Nuggets, Clippers, and even the Jazz compete for the Western Conference crown is such a tease.

Give Steph Curry and Draymond Green just a bit more help and they could not only compete with those flawed teams — they could beat them.


Well, it depends on the help.

The Warriors are, indeed, closer to competing in the playoffs than their play-in tournament loss would suggest. If you can’t make the case for the Warriors, you can’t make it for the Lakers, either.

But adding Klay Thompson to the mix doesn’t suddenly push the Dubs to the top of the conference.

In fact, I’m not sure if they can add this offseason the kind of player they need to win come next postseason.

To win in the postseason, you need three things — two of which the Warriors have.

The first is overt communication on defense. With Green anchoring things on that side of the floor, there’s no doubt that the Warriors are talking. The Dubs can be suffocating.

The second is an operator on offense. We’re talking about someone to…

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