Kevin Durant Joins Warriors for Practice Ahead of Must-Win Game 5
For the first time in over a month, Kevin Durant has joined the Golden State Warriors in practice.
Durant has been out since Game 6 of the second round of the NBA playoffs for what was initially diagnosed as a “minor” calf strain. The Warriors plan to monitor Durant throughout practice before announcing his status ahead of a must-win Game 5 bout against the Toronto Raptors.
“He’s going to practice with us today,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said today. “He’ll get some extra work in with some of our younger players, and we’ll gauge it from there.”
The Warriors trail the series 3-1 and with the cards stacked against them, a dominant Durant return to the series may be their only hope of making a historic comeback.
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“Yeah,” Kerr said. “Because he hasn’t done what he’s going to do today. He’s doing more today, and we’ll know more after that.”
Whether or not Durant will be ready for Game 5 after just one practice, well the Warriors coach still has his doubts.
“It’s feasible,” Kerr said on Durant’s status for Monday night. “But again, it’s really a day-to-day thing. If we had a crystal ball, we would have known a long time ago what we were dealing with. It’s just an injury; there’s been a lot of gray area. So literally it’s just day to day and how the progress is coming. And at this point he’s still not ready.”
The mind games continue ahead of Game 5.