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Steve Kerr provides update on when he expects Durant to return

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The injury status of Kevin Durant has been an ever-evolving situation with seemingly no clear answer on the horizon. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr joined Tom Tolbert and John Lund on KNBR 680 on Friday and apologized for his postgame comments following Game 3, when he mistakenly said that Durant would practice on Friday.

That proved inaccurate, Kerr said, as Durant will instead get that on-court practice on Friday, before Game 4 of the Finals. The injury is a difficult one to assess, and has been a cause of some of the miscommunication, he said.

“This whole thing has been so difficult to message… the injury itself, there’s a lot of grey area,” Kerr said. “There’s no easy timeline… when it’s healthy, it’s healthy.”

Despite the grey area and the difficulty of assessing Durant’s health, Kerr was optimistic about the chances of Durant returning.

“I do think he’ll play in the series,” Kerr said. “I think there’s a good chance that he plays in Game 5 or 6.”

He was also asked what the status of Kevon Looney was, given that he was initially ruled out of the series with a fractured collarbone.

“We got a second opinion. The first opinion we got is that this would make no sense for him to come back,” Kerr said. The second opinion is… there’s a possibility. There is a chance he could come back… We don’t want to put him or his future at risk. We’ll weigh everything and go from there.”

With all of the injuries and the Warriors on the ropes for the first real time in the Finals since 2016, Kerr was asked whether he was stressed.

“It’s relative stress. I mean that, I don’t mean to sound trite,” Kerr said. “We’re playing basketball. We live these great lives… We’re spoiled here.”

Listen to Steve Kerr’s full interview with Tolbert and Lund on KNBR 680 below:


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