The Golden State Warriors have won the first two games of the Western Conference Finals without Kevin Durant. They won’t have him for the next two either.
Before last night’s game, Warriors GM Bob Myers announced that Durant won’t travel with the team to Portland for Games 3 and 4. After the game, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr gave another sobering update on his star swingman.
Kerr conceded that Durant’s calf strain is “a little more serious than we thought at the very beginning.” Sounds like he’s not holding his breath waiting for Durant’s return.
Postgame revelation from Steve Kerr on Kevin Durant’s calf strain: “It’s a little more serious than we thought at the very beginning, so we’ll see where it goes.”
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) May 17, 2019
Kerr’s full quote can be found here, courtesy of ESPN‘s Nick Friedell.
“Hopefully he continues to progress, and he has made progress but it’s a little more serious than we thought at the very beginning,” Kerr said after the Warriors’ 114-111 Game 2 victory. “So we’ll see where it all goes, but he’s in there all day long getting treatment. He’s done a great job of committing himself to that process. [Warriors director of sports medicine and performance] Rick [Celebrini] and his staff are in there all day, and hopefully he’ll be back at some point, but we’ll just wait and see.”
Durant strained his right calf in Game 5 against the Houston Rockets on May 8. If he returns for Game 5 of this series, that would be next Wednesday, May 22.
Two weeks seems like an unlikely time-frame given the injury and the updates from the Warriors. The NBA Finals start on May 30, and might be a more realistic goal.
Of course, there’s no guarantee Durant comes back at all this postseason. Amazingly, Golden State could be able to survive without him, thanks to Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and company.