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SportWarriors, Kevin Durant face reality he might not return in NBA Finals

18:46  07 june  2019
18:46  07 june  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Golden State Warriors ' Kevin Durant (35) arrives during a practice session before Game 2 of the NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario on Friday, May 31 After landing Durant would begin limping from an injury and would not return to the game. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group).

Warriors , Kevin Durant face reality he might not return in NBA Finals . Kevin Durant won't play Friday in Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors, Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters. If you're wondering, it's been 30 days since Kevin Durant , who suffered a strained right calf in Game 5

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Kevin Durant won't play Friday in Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors, Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters.

If you're wondering, it's been 30 days since Kevin Durant, who suffered a strained right calf in Game 5 of the Warriors' West semifinals series against the Rockets.

"I was hoping that today would be the day that he would get out on the floor. It's not gonna be today, it's probably going to be tomorrow," Kerr told the room full of reporters Thursday. "So the hope would be that he can make it back before the end of the series."

Re-read the last part of Kerr's comment, with a maximum of only three games remaining in the Finals, and you see the very real possibility is this: Durant may not make it back this postseason.

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If Kevin Durant isn't healthy by the time the NBA Finals begin, can the Golden State Warriors still win a third-straight championship without him ? It’s a question worth asking, especially when considering Durant will be a free agent this summer and may not be back next season.

Durant will miss Game 4 on Friday at Oracle Arena, giving the Warriors a sizable challenge in overcoming a 2-1 series deficit. That also will mark the ninth consecutive playoff game Durant will miss since injuring his right calf against the Houston Rockets in Game 5 of the Western Conference

As NBC Sports Bay Area noted:

"The Warriors aren’t saying he will miss what’s left of the NBA Finals, but the pattern of their statements since mid-May keeps sliding it closer to the possibility that the Toronto Raptors won’t have to deal with Durant.

"It’s a mild calf strain. It’s more serious than we initially thought. He’s progressing. We don’t know when he’ll be back. He’s doing everything he can to get himself ready to play. We have to go with the guys we have. He had a really good workout today, ramped it up and it went well. He’s unavailable for Game 4, a game the Warriors desperately need to win trailing the series two-games-to-one."

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NBA Finals 2019: Draymond Green explains how Warriors adjust without Kevin Durant Green said he has to become more of a "scoring threat" when Durant isn't out on the court.

Before the start of NBA Finals Game 4 on Friday night, ESPN analyst Jalen Rose explained why he was less optimistic that Kevin Durant would be able to return at In speaking with SportsCenter's Scott Van Pelt, Brian Windhorst elaborated on the mystery revolving around Durant 's current situation.

Golden State Warriors ' Kevin Durant (35) stands on the court during a practice session before Game 2 of the NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto The Warriors cleared Durant this past week for light shooting drills. He still traveled with Toronto both to resume his rehab and be around the team

Understand that the two-time defending champions have other health issues. DeMarcus Cousins, back in the Finals from a torn quadriceps, looked out of sorts in Game 3. Klay Thompson (strained hamstring) is expected to play in Game 4, but at what effectiveness? Draymond Green is dealing with a cranky knee, Andre Iguodala, 35, is limping on a sore calf, too, and Kevon Looney is trying to get back from a break in his ribcage.

None is exactly Zdeno Chara playing with a broken jaw in the Stanley Cup Final, but it's a sufficiently long list that Stephen Curry's dislocated finger scarcely registers.

“He's just trying to get healthy,” Green said of Durant. “I'm not really sure if he's been held out or he is – I mean, obviously, I think he's still recovering and whatever. But, yeah, I don't really know what's Kevin's day-to-day dealings with the training staff. I try to spend as (little) time in the training room as I can.”

How will the 2019 NBA Finals impact Kevin Durant's free agency? The four scenarios in play

How will the 2019 NBA Finals impact Kevin Durant's free agency? The four scenarios in play How could the outcome of the 2019 NBA Finals impact Kevin Durant's decision this summer? Let's run through a few possible scenarios.

Kevin Durant is still expected to be ready at some point during the NBA Finals after his strained calf was re-evaluated, but it won't be Game 1. The two-time reigning Finals MVP has yet to return to on-court work while recovering from a strained right calf. Big man DeMarcus Cousins might be healthy

Golden State have reached their fifth NBA finals in a row but KD has missed time through injury. His absence has brought joy back to the team.

According to multiple reports, Durant is being diligent with treatments and rehab, sometimes going above and beyond what’s necessary, according to NBC Sports Bay Area, which adds that Durant "wants to play, yearns for a chance to help the Warriors achieve their desired goal of a three-peat."

But the clock is tick, tick, ticking.

“Knowing he's not playing Game 4, we know what our rotations are going to be, everybody will lock in and go win that game,” Curry said. “And then when we get on the plane to go to Toronto (for Game 5 on Sunday), ask the same question. And we hope at some point he will be back, and when he does, like we said, we'll be able to transition our perspective with him available.

"But until then it's just on the daily, the moment is who is out there. Who is ready to play? And can we go win?”

Big final question there, posed by the guy who scored 47 points in Game 3 and, in Thompon's and Durant's absence, it wasn't enough.

“It would suck if Kevin can't come back,” Thompson said. “I still think we would have a good chance to win the Finals, but obviously that takes a huge hit. I don't think it would make us the clear-cut favorite anymore without him.”

Adopting Curry's "who's ready to play?" mantra, Thompson takes on an outsized role starting Friday. If he can score a little and is up to containing Raptors star Kawhi Leonard, then Golden State has a shot at winning and buying Durant at least until Thursday's Game 6 to try and get back.

But it's going on five weeks since the Warriors initially projected that Durant would be sidelined two to three weeks. Time's running out.

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