Published: Tue, June 11, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Warriors say Durant will practice before Game 5

Warriors say Durant will practice before Game 5

Kevin Durant's return now is a real possibility. No one person in the NBA Finals wields quite as much influence over the outcome of the series, as the "Easy Money Sniper". On Sunday, Durant worked with some of the Warriors' young players to test how his calf would hold up. According to reports, if Durant does return in Game 5, he will not have any restrictions on his minutes. At this juncture, Durant had yet to participate in the 3-on-3, 5-on-5 full-contact scrimmages, conceived in part to test his durability. Even if he isn't 100%, Durant's mere presence should make the Warriors more potent on the offensive end. That they haven't dismissed the idea of Durant suiting up in the Monday night tilt in Toronto is a step in the right direction.

Of course, no one can count out the Warriors just yet.

"You worry about the conditioning", Kerr said.

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Throughout the Finals, Durant's status has been that he won't play until he practices and through the first four games he was not cleared to do so. Durant averaged 26.0 points per game for the Warriors during the regular season and 34.2 points in 11 playoff games before he got hurt in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against Houston.

Steve Kerr admitted that the timeline for Durant's injury has been frustrating. Of course, it was the Warriors who sacrificed that 3-1 lead three years ago. I know how badly he wants to be out there. "He's propelled us to two championships. It would be pretty storybook if he could come back and help us do the same".

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