Golden State Warriors star small forward Kevin Durant is out for Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday.
The Warriors will be giving an official update on Durant’s status before Game 2 starts, but Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes is reporting he won’t play:
Golden State star Kevin Durant (calf strain) will not play in Game 2 of the WCF against Portland, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) May 15, 2019
The Warriors won Game 1 on Tuesday behind 36 points from Stephen Curry, who picked up right where he left off in the second half of Game 6 against the Houston Rockets.
Durant is averaging 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game in the 2019 playoffs while shooting 51.3 percent from the field, 41.6 percent from beyond the arc and 90.1 percent from the free-throw line. The Warriors are 2-0 since KD went down with the right calf strain in Game 5 of the second round against the Houston Rockets.
Curry and Klay Thompson have been carrying the load on offense with Durant sidelined. Thompson scored 26 points in Game 1 and played great defense on Blazers guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. Lillard had just 19 points in Game 1, while McCollum only put up 17.
The Warriors should be able to defeat the Blazers without Durant. KD should take his time with his recovery and return to the lineup when he’s 100 percent. The last thing Golden State wants is for Durant to reinjure himself.
Editor’s note: This post initially said Kevin Durant was unlikely to play in Game 2, but it has since been updated with new information about his status.