With Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals taking place tonight, the Golden State Warriors will have to battle again without Kevin Durant. The early expectation was that he’d miss the first two games, but now it sounds like he could be out longer.
Durant suffered a calf strain in the previous round against the Houston Rockets. In his absence, the Warriors have won back-to-back contests.
Golden State didn’t show any signs of weakness in its latest win over Portland. Nonetheless, head coach Steve Kerr would obviously prefer to have Durant on the hardwood.
Judging off the latest injury update for Durant, the Warriors might have to battle through the rest of the Western Conference Finals without him.
According to ESPN reporter Ramona Shelburne, Durant is “not close” to returning to action.
The All-Star forward hasn’t even resumed basketball related activities yet.
KD is "not close" to returning to action, a league source tells @ramonashelburne.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 16, 2019
Before suffering this calf injury, Durant was dominating this postseason. In 11 games, he’s averaging 34.2 points per game.
Most teams in the NBA wouldn’t have the firepower to keep winning, if their best player is out of the lineup. The Warriors are clearly an exception to that rule.
Golden State will try to take a commanding 2-0 series lead over Portland tonight.