As expected, Kevin Durant will miss Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday, as he continues to recover from a strained right calf, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN. Durant is scheduled to be re-evaluated on Thursday, making his availability for Game 2 unlikely as well.
Kevin Durant is out for at least Game 1 of the WCF, source tells ESPN. He’s not being re-evaluated until Thursday so it’s “unlikely “ he plays Game 2 either.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) May 13, 2019
Durant injured his calf in the third quarter of Game 5 of the West Semifinals last Wednesday night. Last Thursday, the team announced Durant would be re-evaluated in a week. Durant has had a similar injury twice over the last two seasons and both times returned to the court after seven days. Durant’s 34.2 points per game in the playoffs leads all players.
In their first game without KD, the Warriors shocked the Rockets in Game 6, winning on Houston’s home floor despite being seven point underdogs in Vegas. Stephen Curry had one of his most memorable playoff moments, scoring 33 points in the second half, and 23 in the fourth quarter after going scoreless through the first two quarters. With Durant out, Andrew Bogut was inserted into the starting lineup.
Now the Warriors will face the Portland Trail Blazers in the next round. The teams spit their four game series during the regular season.