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Why I never root for an opponent's "star" player to sit out

January 12, 2018 - 4:35 pm

The Milwaukee Bucks host the Golden State Warriors Friday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Stephen Curry will be held out due to a right ankle sprain he sustained during a shootaround on Wednesday.

That bodes well for the Bucks, right? Naturally, yes, especially when we are talking about a special player like Curry. But, the Warriors, even without their two-time MVP, are still arguably the best team in the NBA. However, for Bucks' fans who want to see their team win, the chances are higher if Curry doesn't see the floor.

In spite of all that, I still wish Curry was cleared to play.

I never like it when my favorite team's compete against another team that is without their "star" player. There's always an excuse, asterisk, or a but after a big win against an opponent who's down a man. I want to see my team win against the very best that opponent has to offer. I'm not saying I walk away upset with a victory, a win is a win, but I will say I get more of a high when all the best players are competing. It's a different and noticeable feeling.

Defeating a LeBron James led Cavaliers team is different than beating them without "The King." I can imagine fans of the teams that defeated the Hundley led Packers say, "We beat the Packers, but Aaron Rodgers didn't play."

I'm still happy every time my team wins. I was happy when the Bucks beat the Thunder back on December 29th even though Giannis clearly stepped out of bounds right before his game-winning bucket. I'll still take the win with no feeling of guilt.

I will always want my teams to play against an opponent at full-strength than a man short.

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