Storyline: Kevin Durant Injury

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“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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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.”
1 week ago via ESPN

“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. “

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.”

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.
2 weeks ago via ESPN

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.”
3 months ago via ESPN

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.”

“(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.”
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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.”