The Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant shouldn’t be but able to resume on-court work and shall be re-evaluated in every week, the workforce introduced Thursday, shortly earlier than Game 2 of the Western Conference finals towards the Portland Trail Blazers.
That timeline would put Durant, who’s recovering from a proper calf pressure, out by means of at the very least Game 5, which is about — if needed — for Wednesday in Oakland, Calif. Game 6 is tentatively scheduled for May 24 in Portland.
The workforce’s replace on Durant mentioned he had proven “good progress,” however head coach Steve Kerr informed ESPN’s Doris Burke earlier Thursday that Durant would miss Games three and four, each in Portland.
After the Warriors received Game 2, Kerr informed the information media that Durant’s damage was “a little more serious than we thought at the very beginning.”
Kerr added, “Hopefully he’ll be back at some point, but we’ll just wait and see.”
The Warriors additionally introduced that middle DeMarcus Cousins, out with a torn left quad muscle, has been cleared to renew on-court exercises however shouldn’t be prepared for dwell motion. He additionally shall be re-evaluated in every week, the membership mentioned.
Durant was injured in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinal collection towards the Houston Rockets. He missed Golden State’s clinching win in Game 6, then sat out the Warriors’ Game 1 victory within the convention finals on Tuesday.
Even although Durant received the N.B.A. finals Most Valuable Player Award every of the previous two seasons, Golden State entered Thursday’s sport with 28 wins in its previous 29 video games when Durant was absent and Stephen Curry performed.
Durant is averaging 34.2 factors, 5.2 rebounds and four.9 assists within the postseason after averaging 26, 6.four and 5.9, respectively, in the course of the common season.
Cousins has missed 11 video games since sustaining his damage April 15 in his second profession playoff sport, towards the Los Angeles Clippers. He averaged 16.three factors, eight.2 rebounds and three.6 assists per sport in 30 appearances in the course of the common season.
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