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Report: Warriors forward Kevin Durant won’t play in Game 6 vs. Rockets

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant is not expected to suit up for Friday’s Game 6 against the Houston Rockets, according to Tim Kawakami of The Athletic.

Head coach Steve Kerr told Kawakami it’d be “incredibly unlikely” that his superstar will take the floor on the road by Friday, likely staying behind in the Bay Area to receive treatment.

The coach was rather direct, choosing not to play a murky guessing game this late in the series and get it out of the way altogether.

“He’s not going to play Game 6,” said Kerr. “We can all pretend and just say he’s doubtful. But he’s not playing Game 6.”

The 30-year-old suffered a right calf strain in the third quarter of Wednesday’s Game 5 against the Rockets after landing from a baseline mid-range jumper untouched, soon reaching for his lower leg and limping to the bench.

There was in-game speculation that Durant could have suffered a torn Achilles — which made most fans brace for the worst — but a calf strain could also prove to be a significant injury at this stretch of the season.

According to ESPN’s Rachel Nichols (who made sure to say she’s not a doctor): a Grade 1 calf strain could cost Durant 7-10 days for recovery, while a Grade 2 could sideline him from four to six weeks — effectively ending his postseason.

It’s tough to know how long Durant could be out or the extent of his injury until he undergoes an MRI on Thursday, but one thing is certain — he won’t be lacing them up for his team when they take on the Rockets again on Friday.