With Game 1 of the NBA Finals set for tonight, the Golden State Warriors will have to defend their title without Kevin Durant. The reigning Finals MVP is still nursing a calf injury that he suffered in the second round of the postseason.
Golden State handled its business in the Western Conference Finals without Durant. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson led the team to a sweep over the Portland Trail Blazers.
The focus of the Warriors quickly shifted to how the team plays a different style of basketball when Durant is off the court. However, it doesn't necessarily mean Golden State is better without its superstar forward.
Winning the Finals without Durant would be quite the achievement, but it shouldn't be an easy task.
Unfortunately for the Warriors, it does sound like they'll have to do just that for the first few games.
Head coach Steve Kerr said it's a "long shot" that Durant will practice fully in Toronto. This would mean that Golden State wouldn't have him for the opening pair of matchups in this series.
Kerr wants Durant to practice without any limitations before making his return to the hardwood.
While Durant won't be on the court tonight in Toronto, the Warriors will have DeMarcus Cousins available off the bench.
Stay tuned for more updates on Duran't status for the NBA Finals.