The Golden State Warriors didn’t need Kevin Durant to close out the Houston Rockets in Round Two. They didn’t need him to win Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers.
We’ll see if they can win Game 2 without him tomorrow. Durant is expected to miss his third straight game with a calf strain, according to Yahoo’s Chris Haynes.
The sharpshooting superstar injured his calf late in Golden State’s Game 5 win over Houston in the Western Conference semifinals. He is yet to return to the court.
Golden State star Kevin Durant (calf strain) will not play in Game 2 of the WCF against Portland, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) May 15, 2019
Durant is averaging 34.2 points per game in the postseason after producing 26 per game in the regular season. He has upped his three-point shooting from 35 percent to 41 percent.
Golden State appears to be in complete control of this series, even without KD. They should rest him as long as possible.
Assuming the Warriors win tomorrow, they’ll likely be able to close out the Blazers in five games, at most. If they do that, they could potentially save Durant until the NBA Finals.
Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals will tip off at 9 p.m. ET tomorrow night on ESPN.