NBA Finals news: Warriors' Kevin Durant listed as out for Game 4 vs. Raptors
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Warriors’ Kevin Durant listed as out for Game 4 of NBA Finals vs. Raptors

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Golden State Warriors star forward Kevin Durant is listed as out once again ahead of Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, Warriors coach Steve Kerr announced Thursday.

Durant is still in the final stage of his recovery from a calf strain, which he suffered in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Houston Rockets, nearly a month ago.

The Warriors’ top gun has missed the last eight games of this postseason, along with the last 14-plus minutes of regulation of that important Game 5, which the Warriors managed to win.

Golden State head coach Steve Kerr expressed hope to see Klay Thompson in Game 4 after he missed Wednesday’s Game 3 with a hamstring strain, which caused him to miss most of Game 2’s fourth quarter.

According to an earlier report, Thompson will suit up on Friday, giving the Warriors that much-needed firepower while trailing 2-1 in the series.

Durant has been dying to suit up and play, but he first has to go through three-on-three and five-on-five closed-door workouts to test his mobility and strength prior to suiting up again for the Warriors.

The organization has been utmost careful with his recovery, giving him nearly an entire month to nurse the injury, which they deemed of “mild” nature at the time.

A Grade 1 calf strain is one he has suffered before in his career, returning within a week of it in both prior instances. This looked like a more significant one, hence his slow recovery since he first hit the sidelines on May 8.