The Golden State Warriors will be playing Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers at Oracle Arena, but one man that won’t be on the court for yet another game is Kevin Durant.
KD was supposed to be reevaluated today, to see how his calf strain is healing so far but as Ramona Shelbourne told The Jump today, he is “not close” to returning.
Apparently, Durant is only doing upper body workouts so far and hasn’t done any on-the-court exercises or rehab, so his timeline is a lot further out than people may think. Like Richard Jefferson explained, players have to hit certain benchmarks to make their way back to the court and at this point, it doesn’t seem like KD is there.
Considering the Warriors look to be in the driver’s seat against the Blazers (with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson shooting the lights out), it might be in Golden State’s best interest to rest KD for the remainder of the series.
The only problem is, if they make it to the NBA Finals, do they have enough firepower to beat the Toronto Raptors or the Milwaukee Bucks?
It’ll say a lot about the Warriors if they can win the finals without KD.