Warriors Remain Hopeful Durant, Thompson Can Return in Game 4
Game 3 showed exactly how important a Klay Thompson, a Kevin Durant, and even a Kevon Looney are.
Durant, who is still nursing a calf injury, was ruled out of his eighth straight contest, while Thompson was a late scratch as the Golden State Warriors’ training staff thought it best to not risk things with the star shooting guard. Looney of course, is done for the remainder of the series with a fractured collarbone.
The adversity that the Warriors are facing cannot be overstated.
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Andre Iguodala is very clearly not at 100-percent after injuring his calf at the conclusion of the Western Conference Finals and DeMarcus Cousins is still struggling mightily to get back to All-Star form. But after a 123-109 Game 3 loss, confidence was still in the air in the Warriors locker room as they appear hopeful that reinforcements are on their way.
“The whole point was to not risk a bigger injury that would keep him out of the rest of the series,” Steve Kerr said. “So that was the decision we made, and I feel very comfortable with it. Never would have forgiven myself if I played him tonight and he had gotten hurt. So you live with the decision you make, you make a wise decision, the wisest one you can, and then you live with it and move forward.
“So the good thing is, Klay has done well the last two days; now he has a couple more days to heal, and hopefully he’ll be out there on Friday.”
The Warriors are hopeful that Thompson will play in Game 4 and all signs are pointing towards him being ready to go with an extra couple days of rest. Meanwhile, the Warriors are said to be cautiously optimistic that Durant will be back for Friday night’s contest too as the superstar forward is reportedly getting closer to being game-ready.
That being said, take this video of Durant high-fiving his teammates following Game 3 how you will.
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Multiple people on twitter were very quick to point out that the ice appeared lower down on the leg, closer to the achilles as opposed to the calf muscle. Kerr stated that he will have more information on Durant’s status for Game 4 later today.