OAKLAND, Calif. — The likelihood that Golden State All-Star Kevin Durant doesn’t play in the NBA Finals grows each day.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Thursday that Durant will miss Game 4 on Friday (9 p.m. ET, ABC). Kerr clarified that Durant has not had a setback but isn’t ready to participate in a scrimmage yet. He’s hoping that happens Friday or Saturday.
So what are the chances Durant will play again this season?
“It's just about when the training staff tells me he's ready. He's been doing individual work on the court, he's been in the training room, in the weight room. He's been doing lots of different things, training staff said he's not ready to play in a game yet, so that's all,” Kerr said.
Kerr had expected Durant would scrimmage Wednesday.
“I was hoping that today would be the day when he could get out on the floor. It's not going to be today. It's going to be probably (Thursday), the following day, the next couple of days. So the hope would be that he could still make it back at the end of the series.
“I thought today was a day, his day to get out on the floor, but he still has another hurdle to clear before he can do that, and so that’s the next step.”
Durant suffered what the Warriors have called a strained calf in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against Houston. He hasn't played since. The Warriors went on to win Game 6 and swept the Portland Trail Blazers in the conference Finals.
But now, they are facing a much tougher task. They are down 2-1 to the Toronto Raptors as they attempt to win a third consecutive title and fourth in five years. And they have seen other players injured since Durant went down.
However, the Warriors have some good news on that front.
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All-Star guard Klay Thompson, who sustained a mild hamstring pull in the fourth quarter of Game 2, is expected to play in Game 4.
Also, the Warriors are exploring second opinions on the status of important backup forward-center Kevon Looney, who previously was ruled out for the remainder of the series with fractured cartilage in the rib-chest area.
“It's an open question, and as we gather information, we'll know more," Kerr said. "But at this point there's not really anything to report. But we are looking at all of our options and his options.”
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