Kevin Durant appears to be on schedule to return in the coming weeks
The Warriors were reportedly optimistic that Durant would be able to play before the start of the postseason and that optimism hasn’t faded after a recent Golden State practice. Durant has been increasing his workload every practice and on Thursday, he participated in various 5-on-0 drills.
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After Durant injured his knee in a Feb. 28 game against the Washington Wizards, the Warriors said he would be re-evaluated in four weeks. Three weeks have since past and according to Kerr, Durant will be re-evaluated next Thursday.
“We’ll be in Houston and San Antonio next week on Tuesday and Wednesday,” Kerr said. “So chances are KD goes on that trip with us and then comes home and gets re-evaluated by our doctors on Thursday.”
Durant has missed Golden State’s 11 games since he injured his knee. The Warriors only have 11 games left in their season, so if Durant is able to return before the playoffs, he will likely only play in a few games.
But even if he doesn’t return relatively soon, the Warriors will be just fine closing out the season without Durant. With their talent, the Warriors can afford for Durant to get 100 percent healthy before returning. That’s more important than a few end of the season games. Because if Durant isn’t completely healthy in the playoffs, Golden State’s chances of making it to a third straight NBA Finals will definitely become much tougher.