The Golden State Warriors might not need him back for the first-round, but one would think, in order to win another NBA title, the franchise will need forward Kevin Durant. However, Durant did take a big step toward getting back on the court on Friday afternoon.
Durant practiced with the team, getting multiple shots up, on Friday. Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr told ESPN’s J.A. Adande that his superstar forward is officially questionable for Saturday’s Game 3 versus the Portland Trail Blazers.
Kevin Durant getting shots up after practice today with Curry pic.twitter.com/JZTWsN4E6j
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) April 21, 2017
Durant posted 32 points and 11 rebounds during his Warriors’ playoff debut in Game 1 versus Portland, but he missed Game 2 because of a strained calf. The injuries have no correlation, but Durant also missed 19 of the Warriors’ final 22 regular season contests because of a left knee injury.
Without him in Game 2, Golden State still knocked off the Trail Blazers, 110-81. With that kind of result, there is no need to rush Durant back. More than likely, the Warriors will ensure he is 100 percent before letting him back on the court in a game. Although he recognizes that’s the best approach to take, Durant says he wants to be out there with his team.
“It felt like I could go yesterday, but Coach Kerr and the training staff and the whole organization told me it would be best to give it a few more days of rest, so hopefully I’ll see how I feel these next couple days,” the first-year Warrior said, according to ESPN. “We have one more extra day before the game starts, we’ll see how I feel. But I’m getting better every day. Hopefully I can be out there with my teammates grinding it out, trying to move forward and get a W in Game 3. We’ll see what happens.”