Published: Fri, May 10, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Kevin Durant has mild calf strain as Warriors, Knicks mostly exhale

Kevin Durant has mild calf strain as Warriors, Knicks mostly exhale

It's likely that Durant won't be on Thursday's plane ride - why risk him aggravating the injury on a long flight if he's not going to play? - and will get treatment in the Bay Area with an outside hope that he would be available in a potential Game 7 if the Warriors lose on Friday or Game 1 if they beat Houston and start up the Western Conference finals.

Durant's injury, which will be re-evaluated in a week, comes at a particular time of peril for the Warriors. "He's been phenomenal. So it's obviously a huge loss but our team has a lot of confidence". "If we're not good enough, they'll beat us".

After the Rockets rallied from 20 down to take the lead late in the third quarter, and with Durant in the locker room for the final 14 minutes following a calf injury, the Warriors outfinished their fourth-seeded foe. The Warriors hung on for a 104-99 victory after Durant exited the game, and will head into the Toyota Center in Houston with a 3-2 series lead.

Durant, the NBA's leading scorer in the postseason, departed with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists.

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They were having an off-night against the Foxes, and there was something missing from their game. It's been a tight (title) race and it's come down to the final game of the campaign.

"We've had different rotations, we've had different ways to attack, but the one good thing here is we do have experience from before Kevin was here with Steph, Klay, Andre [Iguodala], Shaun [Livingston], our core guys", Kerr said.

"I don't think there's going to be many people looking to bet the Warriors in this game, so might as well tax it on the higher side of Houston", Jeff Sherman, Las Vegas SuperBook vice president of risk, told ESPN. James Harden scored 38 points to lead Houston to the win and Kevin Durant totaled 34 points in defeat for Golden State. "So we've been successful".

Houston got as close as three one more time, on a layup by Harden with 18.6 seconds left, before Thompson, after almost throwing the ball away, dropped in an interior hoop for the clinching basket with 4.1 seconds left. "Keep the feeling, take care of business at home, then we will come back here and try to get it". "So let's go out there and let it rip".

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