Golden State Warriors optimistic Kevin Durant will return for Game 3 vs. Blazers
When Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant suffered a calf strain in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals, Warriors nation held their breath, waiting anxiously on news of Durant’s return. The Warriors announced Durant would miss the rest of the series.
Now that the Dubs have advanced, the superstar’s availability for the series against the Trailblazers has come in to question. Warriors beat reporter Connor Letourneau has announced that Durant is doubtful for Games 1 and 2, but possible for Game 3.
Reported this in this morning’s conference finals preview. Warriors optimistic that Durant will return for Game 3, but yes, highly unlikely he’s back for Game 2: https://t.co/l5zTIIIwHu
— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) May 13, 2019
This means that the Warriors will more than likely miss KD for both of the opening games at Oracle Arena. While the team has shown they can survive without their best scorer, having him miss two games could swing a series.
Durant was having a ridiculous series before suffering the unfortunate injury. He was averaging 32.2 points per game while shooting a ridiculous 43 percent from beyond the arc. He had outplayed James Harden and Chris Paul and had looked like the best player on the court on either side. Unfortunately, the strain will keep fans from seeing one of the best scorers in the league for at least two more games.
The Portland Trail Blazers, fresh off a major upset of the Denver Nuggets, will be looking to continue the upset trend. Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, and the rest of the Blazers will certainly look to take advantage of Durant’s absence and steal a game or two in Oracle Arena.