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Kevin Durant will not travel to Portland for Games 3 and 4


© Troy Taormina | 2019 May 6


UPDATE: The Warriors also provided an official update on DeMarcus Cousins. Like Durant, the big man will be re-evaluated a week from Thursday

Before Thursday’s Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, ESPN reported that Kevin Durant was not close to returning from his strained calf injury. Minutes before tip-off, Warriors General Manager Bob Myers confirmed that report, saying on television that KD will not be traveling with the team to Portland for Games 3 and 4.

As of Thursday, Durant’s strained right calf hasn’t been healthy enough for him to return to basketball activities.

“Everyone needs to slow down a little bit on the Kevin stuff,” Kerr said before Game 1. “He hasn’t even stepped on the floor yet. … He still has pain. So there’s some time ahead of him on the rehab process.”

Durant injured the calf during the third quarter of Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals vs. the Rockets, after landing awkwardly on a shot attempt. The Warriors have gone 2-0 with KD out of the lineup since then.

If a Game 5 is necessary, it would be in Oakland next Wednesday.

 

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