After Game 3, Brian Windhorst said that Durant’s availability would in large part depend on how he held up in a practice on Thursday, with the caveat being that it wasn’t going to be a standard practice given the fatigue and short turnaround of the games and would thus be players from the end of the Warriors’ bench and the G League. Appearing on Get Up this morning, at the 7-minute mark of the video above, Jalen Rose was of the belief that this would be an insufficient tune-up for Durant given that he’s been out for a month. While everyone thought this season was going to be a cakewalk towards a third consecutive Golden State championship, seeing if they can win either without Durant or with him being limited by the calf injury is going to be quite interesting.
As an injured Kevin Durant walked out of Oracle Arena without a limp on Wednesday night, he offered hope to Golden State Warriors fans desperate for good news. “We will know more in the morning,” Durant told The Undefeated about his availability for the NBA Finals after the Warriors’ 123-109 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 3. Durant had been the NBA’s best player earlier in the postseason, averaging 34.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1 block per game in the playoffs. The two-time Finals MVP appeared unstoppable until he suffered a right calf strain on May 8 against the Houston Rockets in the second round.
Marc J. Spears: When asked about playing in Game 4, injured Warriors forward Kevin Durant told @TheUndefeated: “I will know more in the morning.”
The Warriors are eager for Durant to return and, according to multiple team and league sources, KD might be even more anxious to get back on the court, particularly with the team dealing with injuries to Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney. Durant's return would be a massive boost for both morale and production. "He's got to continue to improve and not have any setbacks," Kerr said. "That's the main thing. So, we'll go from there."
Vincent Goodwill: Steve Kerr has just ruled Kevin Durant out for Game 3. Ramping up workouts, Kerr said. Klay Thompson is day to day, questionable officially
About an hour before tip-off of Game 2 against the Raptors, Warriors general manager Bob Myers joined Greg Papa on Warriors Playoff Central and expanded on Kerr's comments. "He still has to get through a full-speed practice, probably an individual workout and then practice with some light contact or something that simulates, the best you can, an NBA game," Myers told Papa. "Until he does that, you really don't know whether he's coming back for whatever game it might be because you clearly have to do those things, you have to be able to go 100 percent by yourself first, then with a little contact, then get through a practice. But I think Steve was basically saying 'Look, if he gets through a full practice with a little bit of contact, he'll play.' But I don't know when that will be."
Papa then asked Myers if Durant is able to do his patented jab step move. The two-time NBA Finals MVP strained his right calf in Game 5 of the second-round series against the Rockets and uses that right leg to push off. "We're not there yet," Myers said. "That's probably the last step, right, is to go full bore. This is not something you tape up, this is not something you inject, it's not one of those deals. It's not as if, well, mentally if you get through it, your body will tell you when you can go. But you have to be able to do those things. And defensively, just pivoting and going the other way. This is not an injury that, you know Steph had those sprained ankles, and you kind of get through it. This is not really an injury you get through. Either you can go or you can't and your body will tell you that. Again, until we get to the phase and the progression where he's doing those things, we don't know."
Monte Poole: Kevin Durant’s status remains unchanged. It’s conceivable he could practice as early as Tuesday tho. Game 3 is Wednesday.
Nick Friedell: Kerr, on possibility KD could have just one practice, then play in a game. "It's feasible. But again, it's really a day to day thing. If we had a crystal ball we would have known a long time ago what we were dealing with. It's just an injury -- there's been a lot of gray area."
With Durant’s return date possibly becoming imminent, the Warriors have noticed him more behind the scenes. “His presence is becoming more and more evident and becoming more and more normal,” Draymond Green said. “It obviously means a lot. When you’re talking about a guy like Kevin and a talent like that, he comes from a different view. He sees the game from a different perspective. It’s always good to get that perspective and try to incorporate what people are doing.”
“All of a sudden he’s on the bus to shootaround or to practice,” Green said. “Once you start to get closer, you start to kind of move back into a normal schedule. You’re starting to see him and hear his voice more. You’re starting to hear him coming up with adjustments even before the game and giving his input. But that’s kind of just the natural build-up when you’re going through an injury.”
“He’s chiming in when he sees something in the locker room and pointing out some X’s and O’s type of stuff,” Stephen Curry said. “But more so when you see him putting time in trying to get healthy and trying to get back out on the floor as soon as possible. That’s motivation.”
Golden State Warriors star forward Kevin Durant will not play in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, but Andre Iguodala is expected to be available to play against the Toronto Raptors, coach Steve Kerr said Friday. Durant will continue rehabbing a right calf injury that has kept him out of the lineup since May 8. "Kevin's not going to play Sunday," Kerr said Friday. "I guess we've been sort of holding out hope, but I might as well just say it now. He's not practicing today. We'll have a practice tomorrow, but he's still progressing. It's near impossible for him to play on Sunday."
Whenever Durant does return, Kerr does not believe it will be in a limited role. "I don't see that," Kerr said. "When he's ready to play, we're going to play him. Maybe it will be a minutes issue based on his conditioning for not having played in a month or whatever it is, but we'll just have to wait and see. Once he's ready to play, he'll play. And then [Warriors director of sports medicine and performance] Rick [Celebrini] and I will discuss what a plan would be in terms of how many minutes and all that stuff."
Iguodala, who sat out Game 4 of the Western Conference finals because of the same injury, played 29 minutes and tweaked the calf with 1:55 remaining in the Warriors' 118-109 loss in Game 1 on Thursday. The veteran swingman limped down the floor after coming down awkwardly on his leg, but the Warriors are confident he will be ready for Game 2. "Andre had an MRI this morning," Kerr said. "And seems to be doing well. ... He said he felt pretty good."
Barring a setback, Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant is expected to return from a right calf strain at some point midway through the NBA Finals, league sources told Yahoo Sports. There’s some optimism within members of the organization that a Game 3 arrival could be viable, but there’s a stronger possibility that Game 4 is the most logical option, sources said.
Careful with his words, Warriors coach Steve Kerr sounded as if Kevin Durant won’t be available until Game 3 when the series resumes in Oakland, Calif. Officially, Durant has been ruled out of only Thursday’s Game 1 with a calf strain — another term for a partial tear. Durant, who has been out three weeks, has yet to be cleared for practice. Durant did not join the Warriors during shooting drills at Scotiabank Arena during the portion of practice the press was allowed to witness. He also did not participate in the press conferences, excused by the NBA.
Marc J. Spears: Injured center DeMarcus Cousins will be available at #Warriors Media Day at the #NBAFinals today but injured forward Kevin Durant is not listed.
Chris Haynes: Golden State star Kevin Durant will travel with the team to Toronto, a league source tells Yahoo Sports.
Rick Bonnell: Interesting point by Mark Jackson on the Kevin Durant injured talk: That Magic Johnson once closing out an NBA Finals at center didn't diminish an injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's historic greatness, yet Durant's value is questioned now.
Ron Kroichick: Talked to #Warriors GM Bob Myers today, and he said of Kevin Durant possibly traveling with team to Toronto on Tuesday: "I think he will, is what I’m hearing. We probably need to know that by tomorrow. My sense is that he would." Durant has been ruled out of Game 1 on Thursday
"From my perspective, I want to focus on rehab, and I also want to focus on my teammates," Durant said. "I want to enjoy my teammates from a different view. A lot of those guys sit in the chair and cheer for the rest of the guys, the starting guys, and then I get the opportunity to do the same thing. I turn on the TV since I can’t travel with the team, and all you hear is the noise. … The competitive side always wants to talk basketball, as well. So, if you want to say something like that, I’m going to engage in it. It’s all fun, it’s all cool. But I know the real."
Anthony Slater: Kevin Durant has still not progressed to court work. Walked with a light limp today. Still clearly a bit away.
Connor Letourneau: Kevin Durant said he was initially worried that he had torn his Achilles. But when he was able to put weight on it, he felt much better.
Chris Mannix: Kevin Durant is unlikely to be ready to play when the NBA Finals open on May 30th, per Warriors. Team is hopeful he can return during the series. @Kevin Durant has yet to begin on-court activities.
Mark Kreidler: Warriors announce that Durant hasn't been cleared to return to on-court activity. Team says it's "hopeful" that "at some point" he plays in NBA Finals. Cousins is more likely at this point.
Mark Medina: Warriors say they “anticipate” DeMarcus Cousins will play at some point in the NBA Finals. Warriors they are “hopeful” Kevin Durant plays at some point in the NBA Finals. But nothing is certain. Warriors will re-evaluate both players on Wednesday
In an interview with Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal, Durant’s manager Rich Kleiman admitted that he has no idea if the All-Star forward will recover in time for the NBA Finals. He hinted that Durant’s injury is serious, saying that KD only misses time when the “injury is real.” Do I believe? I don’t know. I honestly hope so,” Kleiman said. “He’s got about the highest pain threshold of someone I know, so when he misses time, it’s because the injury is real.”
"There's been so much talk about how, 'Oh, they're the Warriors. Before Kevin got there they were great.' Bulls---," Green told ESPN. "We was damn good. I think we were a very good team who was tough to beat. I think when Kevin came here, he made us unbeatable. When DeMarcus [Cousins] came here, it made people scratch their head even more. And so we need those guys. The next series is going to be tough, and I hope and pray that we can get him back."
"I think it's very motivating for us to try to sweep this series and have that time off," Green said on Sunday. "Obviously we're a little banged up so nine days off would be great for us. Allow Andre [Iguodala] time to heal, Shaun [Livingston]'s old -- but also allow the possibility of Kevin [Durant] and DeMarcus [Cousins] to get healthy and come back as well. So I think it's very important for us to come out tomorrow with the right mindset. We didn't do that against the Clippers. “
Logan Murdock: Steve Kerr on DeMarcus Cousins’ status: “He’s working really hard. He’s been in the training room religiously. ... So he is ahead of Kevin, as far as getting onto the court.”
Marc Stein: Postgame revelation from Steve Kerr on Kevin Durant’s calf strain: “It’s a little more serious than we thought at the very beginning, so we’ll see where it goes.”
Nick Friedell: Kerr acknowledges that Durant’s injury is a little more serious than the Warriors initially thought. Kerr says KD continues to get treatment each day — but they just aren’t sure when he’ll be able to return.
Durant is clawing to play, but he hasn’t resumed on-court activity and his return doesn’t seem imminent. “Just him being back there in the locker room and being around practice, I know he’s just dying to get out there on the court,” Klay Thompson said Wednesday. “But we definitely feel his energy and we can’t wait until he comes back. We miss him.”
Kerr said it was still possible Durant could play in Game 2, but that hope has since been nullified. So Durant will watch another game from afar as his team aims for a 2-0 series lead, itching to return en route to a potential three-peat. “You gotta up your level of focus and intensity and he’s always done that,” Warriors forward Andre Iguodala said. “He’s looking forward to coming back, so he’s putting himself in that mode as if he’s preparing for each game like he’s going to play. He’s always had that and it’s always good to see in him.”
Nick Friedell: Kerr on KD: “He hasn’t even stepped up the floor yet.” Kerr says Durant is still having some pain in calf. Will be re-evaluated later this week. Sounds like KD definitely out for Games 1 and 2 — and potentially longer depending on how he responds to rehab.
If the Warriors feel threatened, it’s more likely they’ll rush a Durant comeback. If they don’t, expect them to push off his return as far as possible, knowing an elite small forward — either Giannis Antetokounmpo or Kawhi Leonard — awaits Durant and the Warriors in the Finals. That puts added importance on these first couple of home games. Durant is almost certainly out for the opener. If the Warriors win it, even if he’s showing positive progress, the wise choice would be to give him a few extra days. If they’re up 2-0 going to Portland, they’ll be motivated to hold him out longer.
Nick Friedell: Kerr reiterated that Durant will be re-evaluated in a week. “There’s really no way of making any prediction right now (exactly when he’ll return).” Warriors still confident Durant will return in Western Conference finals.
David Hardisty: D'Antoni said Durant is one of the best players in the game but the coach knows how potent these Warriors still are with these three All-Stars: "Without him, they did win 73 games and win a championship."
Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant will not play in the rest of his team's Western Conference semifinals series against the Houston Rockets because of a right calf strain, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr says he is confident Durant will be able to return in the conference finals if Golden State can close out this series. "I think it's good news," Kerr said Thursday night after the Warriors landed in Houston. "Calf strain, he's had them before. He's responded well. Obviously, we're disappointed he won't be able to play in this series. If we're able to win the series and move on, looks good for his return in the not-too-distant future."
Nick Friedell: Kerr very optimistic that KD will be back to help at some point in conference finals if Warriors can get by the Rockets.
Anthony Slater: Steve Kerr on the Warriors mindset heading toward Game 6 without KD: “We have championsip rings...This group will never be doubted. This group has nothing to prove. There’s a freedom in that.”
Mark Medina: The Warriors haven't shared what Grade right ankle strain that Kevin Durant has. But they sound relatively encouraged with the results. They're mindful it could've been much much worse.
Mark Berman: From @WarriorsPR: Kevin Durant underwent an MRI exam today in the Bay Area. MRI confirmed initial diagnosis (strained right calf). Durant will not travel with the team for Game 6 and will remain in the Bay Area for treatment. He will be re-evaluated next week.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Golden State’s Kevin Durant has suffered a mild strain on his right calf and expected to be re-evaluated next week, league source tells ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Warriors will have to find a way to beat Houston in Western Conference semifinals, but Kevin Durant could be back for the Western Finals.
Mark Berman: ICYMI @Iman Shumpert had nothing to do w/ Kevin Durant's injury. At the time he wasn't certain: "I was hoping I didn't stand under him when he shot his shot. I didn't feel him step on my foot.Even in times of war u don't want to hurt another guy..Off the court,great guy"
Adam Wexler: After the game, Warriors asst. coach Bruce Fraser said Durant was in good spirits. Wasn't sure if was really in crazy pain, but they won't know the extent of the injury until further tests. #Rockets #Warriors #NBAPlayoffs @KPRC2
Connor Letourneau: Stephen Curry on Kevin Durant's mood postgame: "I think he's obviously down because he's injured and doesn't know the extent of it. ... Him walking to the locker room, your first thought is Achilles. Thankfully, it wasn't that."
Anthony Slater: Kevin Durant in the locker room postgame when it opens to reporters. Limping, but walking. Asked him if it felt like his previous calf strains: “I’ll know more tomorrow.”
Nick Friedell: Mood in Warriors locker room is actually upbeat. Players are relieved that Durant didn’t suffer Achilles injury. Happy they found a way to win. Confident they can regroup heading into Game 6 and find a way to close series in Houston.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Early indications on Kevin Durant's lower leg, league source tells ESPN: It doesn't appear to be an Achilles injury.
Chris Haynes: Golden State star Kevin Durant will undergo an MRI tomorrow on his right calf, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Mark Medina: Official word for tonight: Kevin Durant (flu), Klay Thompson (right knee soreness), Andre Iguodala (left toe soreness) and Andrew Bogut are all out tonight vs Pelicans
Logan Murdock: Kevin Durant is questionable for Saturday’s game in OKC. He went through a full practice in Houston today but the final determination will come tomorrow.
Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant left Sunday's 115-111 loss to the Phoenix Suns in the fourth quarter after turning his right ankle and did not return. Despite some initial concern inside Oracle Arena, Warriors coach Steve Kerr did not sound concerned about the injury after the game. "I think he's going to be all right," Kerr said after the game. "He had an ankle contusion, but I don't think it's bad. I talked to him briefly, he didn't seem to think it was too bad."
Anthony Slater: Warriors officially list Kevin Durant as probable today vs Lakers after ankle tweak the other night. He’s playing.
September 26, 2022 | 8:22 am EDT Update
The Los Angeles Lakers star guard Russell Westbrook is confident that he’s nowhere close to running out of steam. “I’m not even close to being done,” Westbrook said. “I’m super grateful and blessed to be able to go compete year after year, and that’s all I can do is prepare myself, my mind, my body for as long as I play.”
He is set to enter this final year of his current five-year contract that he signed with the Timberwolves back in 2018. During a media day press conference Wiggins was asked about his contract situation going into the 2022-2023 season. “It doesn’t really weigh in a lot. I play basketball and I just let my agents whatever all that. My plan is just to hoop and then whatever happens, happens,” the former number one draft pick said. “I know my agents and the team probably have a plan or something. Right now I’m just focused on the season of what’s coming ahead.”
If Scariolo could bring somebody from his EuroBasket 2022 winning roster, considering how Virtus Bologna looks like this year, he wouldn’t have doubts. “Taking into account the needs and characteristics of our club, perhaps Juancho Hernangomez would be the icing on the cake, the perfect fit”, he said. “Emotionally and technically, any of those players, knowing their ability to make something positive, even if not necessarily all with a lot of talent, I know that they could enter with productivity in a team like ours. But speaking of any need to the role, surely it would be Juancho”, he added about the rest of the current Spanish roster.
In a recent press conference, the 21-year-old got brutally honest about how therapy helped him get through some of his darkest days. He was continuously rehabbing his knee, but at the same time, he also had to take care of his mental health (h/t ClutchPoints on Twitter): “Just to be vulnerable for a second… I did go to therapy a lot just to express my thoughts and my feelings and how I felt, because it was a hard time for me, especially going through that injury,” Wiseman said. “I love basketball so much, I just want to be out there with my team. When I wasn’t out there, it was very hard for me.”
Despite the difficulties he had to go through, James Wiseman kept his head held high. “I just pushed through,” he continued. “I got that resiliency to just keep going. It’s in my DNA. I’m not going to ever give up no matter how hard the situation is.”
Fournier was invited to the show En Aparte on Canal +, where he didn’t mince words on how he felt about the EuroBasket’s outcome for France. “When you work so hard for that gold medal and you get the silver, or the bronze, I take it as an insult,” the captain of the French team said. “When I receive this medal, when I put it around my neck, it sends me straight back to failure. It’s hard and I want to get rid of it,” he added, before clarifying that his gesture “isn’t a sign of disrespect at all.”