Kevin Durant still out for Game 2 of NBA Finals

first_imgFILE – Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors reacts during their game against the Houston Rockets in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on May 08, 2019 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPGolden State Warriors star forward Kevin Durant will miss Sunday’s second game of the NBA Finals with the strained right calf that has sidelined him for the past six games.Durant is the leading scorer in the playoffs for the Warriors, averaging 34.2 points with 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists a contest.ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Green sees KD progressKerr said he doubted he would insert Durant on a limited basis, as he did with DeMarcus Cousins in game one after he had missed six weeks with a torn left quad.“Maybe it will be a minutes issue based on his conditioning for not having played in a month or whatever, but we’ll just have to wait and see,” Kerr said.“He has done well with his rehab the last couple of days. He’s continuing to ramp stuff up.”Warriors forward Draymond Green says he can see the progress as Durant works to return in time to help Golden State defeat Toronto.“You can see him inching closer back to the team,” Green said. “I think so much has been made of Kevin because of what lies ahead for him (free agency) he’s not with the team, he’s not around, he’s not a part of it.“You’re rehabbing. You’re on your own schedule. Now you see him around the team more. All of a sudden he’s on the bus to shootaround or practice. You start to see him, hear his voice more. You’re starting to hear him coming up with adjustments even before the game, giving his input.”– Iguodala ‘pretty good’ –Andre Iguodala, who has spent more time on the court in Durant’s absence, appears set to play in game two Sunday after suffering a left leg injury in game one and undergoing an MRI on Friday.“Seems to be doing well,” Kerr said of Iguodala, the NBA Finals MVP in Golden State’s 2015 title run. “I talked to him and he said he felt pretty good.” But the Warriors were 5-0 without him until losing 118-109 to Toronto in Thursday’s opening game of the best-of-seven championship series.“Kevin is not going to play Sunday,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Friday. “We’ve been sort of holding out hope, but I might as well just say it now. It’s near impossible for him to play on Sunday.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 30-year-old superstar, Most Valuable Player of the past two NBA Finals, will become a free agent at the end of the playoffs but hopes to return and help Golden State to a third consecutive NBA crown before deciding his future.Kerr gave no indication of a timetable for Durant’s return. Game three will be Wednesday at Oakland with game four two days later on the Warriors’ California home court. “He’s still progressing,” Kerr said. “When he’s ready to play he will play. That’s our approach.”Kerr said Durant must rejoin the club for at least one practice before he will be reinstated to the lineup.“It’s not like this is a sore ankle or his knee is sore and you can play through it. This is a tricky one,” Kerr said. “If you re-injure the calf, then that’s it and then he’s done for the series. So when he’s ready to play, he’ll play.”Durant joined the Warriors for the trip to Toronto so he could be watched by trainers and medical personnel who also had to monitor his teammates.“Our training staff is here and we need him with our training staff and we also need our training staff for the rest of our players,” Kerr said. “Kevin also wanted to be with the guys.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Clippers fined $50k over Doc Rivers’ Leonard-Jordan comparison ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READlast_img

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