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23:20  09 june  2019
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Report: Durant to travel with Warriors to Toronto

Report: Durant to travel with Warriors to Toronto Injured Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant will travel to Toronto for Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals, a league source told Yahoo's Chris Haynes. Durant has already been ruled out of Thursday's series opener due to his right calf strain. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Monday that he wasn't sure if Durant would travel with the team. Tuesday's development at least presents the possibility that Durant could suit up in Sunday's Game 2 against the Raptors. Durant hasn't played since hurting his calf during Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets. He has been shooting on his own but hasn't practiced with teammates since the injury.

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TORONTO — Kevin Durant was playing basketball on Sunday.

The Golden State Warriors hope he will again on Monday.

With the Warriors' backs to the wall now in the NBA Finals, Durant — now out for more than a month with a strained calf — was taking the practice floor on Sunday in an effort to determine if he will be able to play in Game 5 of the title series on Monday night.

The Warriors trail the Toronto Raptors 3-1 in the series, and need three straight wins to capture a third straight championship.

"He'll get some extra work in with some of our younger players and we'll gauge it from there," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

Steve Kerr: Kevin Durant could play after just one practice

Steve Kerr: Kevin Durant could play after just one practice Warriors star Kevin Durant still hasn’t been cleared for contact in practice, but his coach says that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s a long way from returning to the court. Coach Steve Kerr opened the door to the possibility that Durant could play after just one practice, setting up the potential of a return on short notice before Game 3 or 4 of the NBA Finals. Steve Kerr says Kevin Durant still has yet to be cleared for full contact, but “feasible” he could play in a game after only one practice. Warriors next practice is Tuesday, the day before Game 3 and then Thursday, the day before Game 4.

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Coach Steve Kerr said Durant had encouraging workouts Tuesday and Wednesday and will practice again Thursday before a decision is made. Durant has not played since suffering a right calf strain on May 8 during Game 5 of the Warriors ’ second-round Western Conference series against the

Durant was not made available to comment. The Warriors had their media availability in Toronto on Sunday prior to the practice session. Durant averaged 26.0 points per game for the Warriors during the regular season and 34.2 points in 11 playoff games before he got hurt in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against Houston.

The Warriors are 6-3 in the nine games Durant has missed.

"It's just having another powerful weapon out there who can do some very dynamic things on the floor," Warriors guard Stephen Curry said.

Kerr said the plan was to see if Durant could clear some hurdles that he hasn't crossed during his recovery. Kerr said earlier in the series that Durant could return after completing one practice.

"He will be very welcomed, I'll tell you that much," Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. "I think it's pretty easy to realize we obviously miss him out there. He's propelled us to two championships in the last two years, so it'd be pretty storybook if he comes back and helps us do the same. ... I know how badly he wants to be out there. He's one of the best competitors I've ever been around."

Warriors won't have Kevin Durant, Kevon Looney for Game 3 against Raptors

Warriors won't have Kevin Durant, Kevon Looney for Game 3 against Raptors OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors will be short-handed for Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Tuesday forward Kevon Looney (costal cartilage fracture) will be out for the rest of the series after being hurt in Game 2, while star Kevin Durant (calf), who hasn't played since May 8, will remain out. Warriors star guard Klay Thompson, who left Game 2 in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury, is questionable. "If there's a risk, we'd rather give him the next couple days to continue to heal and hopefully have him out there for Game 4," Kerr said. "It's literally day to day.

Nonetheless, the Warriors said that Durant must practice before he even returns. Therefore, Durant has to practice on Sunday to return for Game 5 in Toronto on Monday. If not, Durant would have to practice on Wednesday for a potential Game 6 in Oakland on Thursday.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Durant will not play against the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday at Oracle arena, marking the eighth consecutive game he will miss because of a strained right calf. Durant also did not practice on Tuesday, which Kerr considers a requirement

Toronto allowed Kobe Bryant to score 81 points on Jan. 22, 2006. In the 1,175 Raptors games since, the most anyone has scored against them is 51 points — done twice, done both times in Toronto, and done both times by Durant.

He had 51 for Oklahoma City in Toronto on March 21, 2014, and scored 51 for the Warriors on the Raptors' home floor back on Nov. 29. Even if he isn't 100%, Durant's mere presence should make the Warriors more potent on the offensive end.

The Raptors will have a plan, of course, if Durant gets on the floor Monday night.

"If he plays, he's an MVP, he's an All-NBA player, he's an All-Star, Finals MVP," Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said. "But we can't focus on that. We have to focus on ourselves."


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Warriors to honor Kevin Durant, Oakland with Game 6 rally towels.
The Golden State Warriors are playing their most important game of the season on Thursday night, and it will be an emotional one for a number of different reasons. Their rally towels are a reflection of that. Game 6 of the NBA Finals could be the Warriors’ final game of the season, but it will definitely be the last game they play at Oracle Arena in Oakland. They will also once again be playing without Kevin Durant, who suffered a torn Achilles in Game 5. The rally towels they are handing out give a nod to both Durant and the city of Oakland. Tonight, the #Warriors close out their 47-season run at @OracleArena.

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