Warriors’ Steve Kerr optimistic ‘banged up’ Kevin Durant, Shaun Livingston will be fine
Per Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle, Durant has some elbow issues while Livingston has some undisclosed soreness after their Game 4 loss to the Houston Rockets. Andre Iguodala, too, remains probable for Game 5 on Wednesday.
Kerr also says Kevin Durant (elbow) and Shaun Livingston (soreness) are a little banged up but will be fine https://t.co/8JpQCs3SGj
— Ron Kroichick (@ronkroichick) May 8, 2019
Though Kerr is optimistic, it remains to be seen whether his attitude turns into good results of the Warriors. While Golden State is a star-studded team, Durant have been pivotal for them in the series with the Rockets.
Livingston and Iguodala have been key components of their success over the past few years as well, and they are largely considered the heat and soul of the Dubs’ bench unit.
The Rockets, who were down 2-0 at one point, have proven to be much tougher foes. While they only have two superstars in Chris Paul and James Harden, their small-ball line up with Eric Gordon, PJ Tucker and Austin Rivers has proven effective against the reigning NBA champions.
Gordon, Tucker, and Rivers managed to get physical with the Splash Brothers — forcing them to exert more energy on both ends of the floor, more so on the defensive end.
At this point of the series, despite being tied a two games apiece, the momentum seems to be on the Rockets’ side. Without a doubt, the Warriors will start out strong in the critical Game 5. Hopefully, their minor injuries won’t be much of a hindrance.