Kevin Durant Ruled Out for Game 3 Due to Calf Strain
Durant is still recovering after suffering a strained left calf against the Houston Rockets in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals. He’s been out ever since, including the first two games of the Finals, and will now miss at least Game 3.
Kevin Durant will not play in Game 3. “He’s ramping up his exercise routines,” Steve Kerr said. Klay Thompson is questionable. Andre Iguodala is good to go. Kevon Looney out for the series.
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According to coach Kerr, Durant is progressing at least, hopefully meaning he’ll return for Game 4. He joins a long list of injured Golden State Warriors players, including Kevon Looney, who’s out for the series with a fractured collarbone, and Klay Thompson, who is questionable after a hamstring injury in Game 2. DeMarcus Cousins has returned at least, adding some depth to the Warriors and playing a key role in Game 2.
The NBA Finals will continue Wednesday night as the series shifts to Oracle Arena for Games 3 and 4. The Warriors prevailed in Game 2 thanks to a dagger 3-pointer from Andre Iguodala to tie the series at 1-1. Despite an incredible second half that saw the Warriors assist on all 22 of their made field goals, their offense still stalled and they went scoreless for five minutes in the fourth. It was a brutal reminder of why they needed Durant in the first place. Durant is a generational scorer that can get buckets almost at will. To the Toronto Raptors credit, they’ve played the Warriors well the first two games. Should they take Game 3, the pressure will surely be on for Durant to return for Game 4.
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