Kevin Durant has not played since Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals when he suffered a strained calf. You might not see him for a while either.
Before Game 2 of tonight’s Western Conference Finals, Golden State Warriors GM Bob Myers told broadcaster Greg Papa that Durant won’t even travel to Portland with the team after tonight. That means he’s out at least for Games 3 and 4 of the series.
The earliest we could see Durant is in Game 5 back in Oakland, provided the series even gets that far. That game would be played next Wednesday.
Warriors GM Bob Myers tells Greg Papa Kevin Durant will not travel to Portland for Game 3 & 4 of the WCF @NBCSWarriors
— Dave Bernstein (@bernzo78) May 17, 2019
Earlier tonight, ESPN analyst Doris Burke suggested Durant could be out a while longer. Indeed, she was accurate.
Kevin Durant is not expected to play the next three games after tonight, wow, per @heydb.
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) May 17, 2019
Durant was in the middle of an epic postseason run when he hurt his leg. Fortunately, Golden State is well-stocked to withstand his absence.
There’s no sense in rushing KD back if he’s not 100 percent. The Warriors will undoubtedly win this series even if he doesn’t play a minute, and it is very possible they will beat Portland in a clean sweep or in five games.
Game 2 is set to begin shortly on ESPN.