The Golden State Warriors has repeatedly said that they need Kevin Durant in the NBA Finals. However, his status remains in question until today.
In an interview with Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal, Durant's manager Rich Kleiman admitted that he has no idea if the All-Star forward will recover in time for the NBA Finals. He hinted that Durant's injury is serious, saying that KD only misses time when the “injury is real.”
Do I believe? I don't know. I honestly hope so,” Kleiman said. “He's got about the highest pain threshold of someone I know, so when he misses time, it's because the injury is real.”
Durant suffered a right calf strain in Game 5 of their Western Conference Semifinals series against the Houston Rockets last May 8. He has been out since then, missing all of the conference finals against the Portland Trail Blazers.
After the Warriors swept the Blazers, Durant has at least over a week to focus on his recovery and return to on-court work. The Dubs remain confident that he will be back in time though, with team owner Joe Lacob even declaring that KD is sure to play in the finale.
Golden State seems to be thriving well even without Durant, but having him in the Finals is a luxury that they would want. The two-time Finals MVP is averaging 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 block per game in the playoffs before he got injured.