Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr says Kevin Durant is making good progress in his recovery from a right calf strain, but the team doesn’t know when the superstar small forward will return to the lineup.
The Warriors have already ruled out Durant for Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers. Golden State has a 2-0 lead in the series:
“He’s in the training room every day,” Kerr said. “He’s around the guys. He’s actually recovering well. He’s doing well with his rehab. What did I say last night? That it was a little more serious than we thought?
“The right way to put it would be with a calf injury, there’s kind of a wide range of how long a guy is gonna be out and so he’s had them in the past where he’s been out a week or 10 days. But right from the beginning, Rick was telling me that you really can’t put a number of days or weeks on this. That there’s a big range of how long it could be depending on how he responds and how bad the strain is, so this one is taking a little bit longer than the ones he’s had in the past. He’s coming along well and if he continues to improve at the rate he’s improving now, we’re confident that he’ll be back, we just don’t know when.”
The Warriors don’t need to rush Durant back from his injury because Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala can hold down the fort. All four players have played really well since KD went down in Game 5 against the Houston Rockets in the second round.
The Warriors are hoping to get Durant back in the NBA Finals assuming they defeat the Blazers. Durant is averaging 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists in the 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.