The Golden State Warriors might be getting one of the most important horses back for Game 3 of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. Kevin Durant announced during a live stream that he was looking forward to playing in the next game and was proud of how his team handled his absence in Game 2.
Durant is dealing with a calf strain, which he partly played through in the first game of the series. Head coach Steve Kerr chose to play it safe and declared him out for the game.
He did not take part on the bench throughout the game, as he was getting treatment in the locker room while watching the game on TV.
“Really looking forward to going to Portland tomorrow, trying to get to Game 3 on Saturday,” Durant said following the Warriors 110-81 blowout of the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.
“Getting better everyday. Hopefully I can be out there with my teammates, grinding it out, trying to move forward and get a W in Game 3… It’s a bummer, man. I hate being out. I hate being hurt.”
If he indeed does play, Durant will have had a full five days’ rest since Game 1 of the series this past Sunday, giving him enough fresh legs to get a decent run throughout these next two games on the road.
The Warriors small forward dropped an efficient 32 points on 12-of-20 shooting from the field, along with 11 rebounds in Game 1 of the series.