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Golden State forward Kevin Durant will play for the Warriors as they face elimination Monday night in the NBA Finals, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported, citing league sources.
The Warriors, however, are listing Durant, who has been sidelined for more than a month with a strained calf, as a “game-time decision” for Game 5 of the NBA Finals at 9 p.m. ET. The Warriors trail the Toronto Raptors 3-1 in the best-of-seven title series, meaning their quest for a third consecutive NBA championship could end Monday.
Durant spent about 25 minutes on the court before leaving toward the end of the Warriors’ shootaround session for continued treatment.
Durant did not say anything Monday as he walked past a horde of media to get toward the Warriors’ locker room.
He was cleared by the Warriors’ medical staff after Game 4 of the NBA Finals and practised with the team on Sunday for the first time since his injury. He averaged 26.0 points per game for the Warriors during the regular season and 34.2 points in 11 playoff games before he got hurt in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against Houston.
WATCH | Warriors coach Steve Kerr hopeful Durant can play Monday:
Kerr was asked if he had any reservations about Durant’s ability if he is ultimately cleared to play Game 5.
“You worry about the conditioning,” Kerr said. “The skill, obviously, is undeniable, and he’s a guy who can get a shot off anytime he wants. He’s been in similar situations with us where he’s had long layoffs. He’s Kevin Durant. If we have him out there, he’ll be a threat. We know that.
“The most difficult thing is just not being able to be out there with your teammates at the biggest time of the year,” Kerr said. “From that perspective, I have just felt bad for him. We all have. If you have a chance to play, go play and see what happens.”
Durant was the NBA Finals MVP when Golden State captured titles in 2017 and 2018. He has missed Golden State’s last nine games; the Warriors are 6-3 in those contests.
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