“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.”
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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.
Nick Friedell: KD: “I’m getting better every day.”
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.
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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
Nick Friedell: Kerr says Durant will ‘most likely’ play in San Antonio.
Connor Letourneau: Kevin Durant (ankle) is out tonight vs. OKC.
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.
Chris Haynes: Kevin Durant tells ESPN “I’m good. It’s nothing” when asked about his ankle sprain. He said “it was a quick roll. It didn’t completely turn. I’m fine.” He’s a go for Sunday.
Mark Medina: Kevin Durant will be back tonight vs the Bucks
Melissa Rohlin: KD says he’s ready to get back to his happy place.
Monte Poole: Both @Kevin Durant and @Draymond Green officially listed as probable for #Warriors vs. #Bucks on Thursday. It’s gonna be pretty hard to keep them off the floor. Like, really hard.
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said forward Kevin Durant will “probably” be activated for Thursday’s home game against the Milwaukee Bucks, but Durant provided a more emphatic update on his status. “You can tell them I’m playing Thursday,” Durant told ESPN shortly before tipoff for Tuesday night’s game with the Indiana Pacers.
Connor Letourneau: Kerr said he’ll “probably” let Kevin Durant play Thursday vs. Milwaukee.
Melissa Rohlin: Draymond Green will play tomorrow. Kevin Durant won’t play tomorrow but Kerr said he could be back Tuesday or Thursday of next week.
With Steph Curry (ankle) and Klay Thompson (thumb) already out for an extended period, the defending champions announced on Friday that reigning Finals MVP Kevin Durant is out at least two weeks after suffering an incomplete rib cartilage fracture against Minnesota on Sunday.
“(The injury) was in Minnesota,” Durant told reporters. “What happened (was), I’ve got hit in the ribs before, so I just thought it was a small contusion. Obviously I kept playing. It was a little sore the next couple of days, but not something I’d worry about. Then the last game (against the Lakers), I went out to close out on the wing and I felt something stretch and pull, and, you know, I felt some discomfort in the first half, so then the next day it got sore.”
Anthony Slater: This is the play Kevin Durant suffered the rib fracture — barrel drive into Karl-Anthony Towns (same game Klay Thompson suffered thumb fracture)
Mark Medina: Durant won’t travel with team on trip to Phoenix and San Antonio. Durant will do his treatment in Oakland
Anthony Slater: Kevin Durant’s MRI results: Incomplete rib cartilage fracture, re-evaluated in two weeks. More brutal injury news for the Warriors.
Logan Murdock: Kevin Durant is now listed as questionable tomorrow vs King with rib soreness. Had a bandage on his ribs during practice today at Oracle.
Marc J. Spears: Warriors’ Kevin Durant (left hand contusion) is questionable tomorrow versus Dallas.
Chris Haynes: The expectation is that Kevin Durant will be on a minutes restriction tonight.
Connor Letourneau: Kerr said Durant “didn’t feel quite right” going through shootaround today, so he was ruled out.
Anthony Slater: Warriors rule out Kevin Durant with a calf injury for a third straight game. Won’t play tonight. Was getting shots up a couple hours ago in front of trainer.
Harrison Wind: Kevin Durant (right calf strain) is questionable for Monday’s matchup with Nuggets. Omri Casspi, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston are all probable.
Chris Haynes: Golden State says Stephen Curry (right hand contusion), Kevin Durant (sprained left ankle), David West (left lateral knee soreness) and Klay Thompson (sprained right ankle) are a go tonight at Orlando. Andre Iguodala (sore left knee) will sit it out.
Marc J. Spears: Warriors say Stephen Curry (right hand contusion) & Kevin Durant (sprained left ankle) are questionable for tomorrow night’s game at the Lakers.
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Dennis Robertson, referred predominantly in NBA circles as “Uncle Dennis,” is the uncle of Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard. Robertson is Leonard’s primary career and business strategist who generally avoids speaking publicly, similar to the two-time Defensive Player of the Year.
As reported at the time, Leonard originally wasn’t keen on relocating to Toronto, but Robertson explained Leonard’s thought process at the time. “When you are initially traded somewhere you didn’t asked to be, you don’t want to accept it,” Robertson told Yahoo Sports. “But once you get through that period, the focus then turns to giving your all and performing at a high level. It never had anything to do with the city of Toronto. It wasn’t. Toronto is a beautiful city. Kawhi has often spoke highly of Toronto. It’s a beautiful place. That was just an initial reaction, which is normal. But we’re enjoying this run and looking forward to the Finals.”
Much of the NBA Finals chatter will be about what takes place after the series because the matchup features three of the top pending free agents in Leonard, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson. “I can’t get into other free agents and other teams, but for Kawhi, he’s going to take it one day and one game at a time,” Robertson told Yahoo Sports. “We have a championship opportunity in front of us. We’re not thinking about free agency; it’s the Warriors [right now]. Once we get through the season, we’ll turn our attention to free agency. But we’re just having fun right now. This has been a great year.”
Ryan Wolstat: Marc Gasol on being a Laker, briefly: “Yeah for a few, couple of months I was, I guess. They sent me oversized sweaters and stuff. You could say I was a Laker (laughs). I was not on the payroll though.” Said he visited Pau at Finals to soak it all in once back in the day.
Jon Rothstein: Sources: Nik Popovic is expected to return to Boston College next season. Was an early entrant to the 2019 NBA Draft.
Jeff Goodman: Troy Baxter Jr will remove his name from the NBA draft before the May 29th deadline but will continue to pursue professional opportunities, Florida Gulf Coast coach Michael Fly told @Stadium.
Josh Newman: Jackson Memorial graduate Eric Carter will work out for the Sixers on June 5, I’m told. 16 points and 10 boards as a senior at Delaware. Carter is going to make a little money next winter, nice to see him get a look from one of the local teams.