Warriors rule Durant (calf) out for Games 3 and 4
OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors star forward Kevin Durant will miss Games 3 and 4 of their Western Conference finals series against the Portland Trail Blazers, coach Steve Kerr told ESPN’s Doris Burke, in addition to missing tonight’s Game 2.
Durant, who hasn’t played since he strained his calf in the third quarter of the Warriors’ Game 5 win over the Houston Rockets in the conference semifinals, won’t travel with the team to Portland for Games 3 and 4, Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers told NBC Bay Area in a pregame appearance.
Game 5 would be in Oakland on Wednesday.
Durant was at the Warriors practice facility on Wednesday getting some rehab work in, but he has not done any on-court work to this point and is still walking with a little bit of a limp.
As for injured center DeMarcus Cousins, he continues to get his own rehab work in following a torn quad injury suffered in Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals against the LA Clippers. Cousins continues to make positive strides, but Kerr says he is “not exactly close,” to game action. Initially, the Warriors listed Cousins as being “unlikely” to return this season after suffering the injury, but the Warriors have been pleased with the way his body is responding to the rehab.
“DeMarcus is coming along,” Kerr said. “He’s starting to do some work on the floor, so he’s not exactly close to playing in a game, but he’s making good strides with his rehab and getting out on the court and starting to do some conditioning things. We’ll see where that goes.”
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