Storyline: Kevin Durant Injury

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Every day, it’s been a little bit more progress for Kevin Durant and his rehabbing left knee. On Thursday, with the Warriors back practicing in Oakland after their recent road trip, Durant wore a game-like knee brace under his tights and tested his healing MCL sprain and bone bruise in team drills for the first time. “Did a little bit more today, went through some 5-on-0 stuff, some lateral movement,” Steve Kerr said. “Seems like he makes a new stride each day. It’s a good sign.”

For days, the Warriors had an agreement in place with Jose Calderon. He’d take a $400,000 paycut to work out his release with the Lakers, then the Warriors would sign him for $452,000 into their open 15th roster spot. But unpredictable things happen in sports and business. Kevin Durant got hurt a day before Calderon was set to sign. The Warriors suddenly needed a forward, not a guard, for that final roster spot. They mulled it over and decided they’d prefer to pick up Matt Barnes, not Calderon.

Kevin Durant’s knee injury proved to be a major scare for the Warriors after the star forward went down with a sprained left MCL. The injury will keep Durant sidelined at least four weeks. On Wednesday, Durant arrived in Oakland with a wheelchair waiting for him at the airport. KTVU had helicopter coverage of Durant’s arrival and tweeted this photo of Durant.

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