Kevin Durant is back, but Stephen Curry out as Golden State faces Pelicans Saturday

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Golden State formally has nothing to play for, they have locked up the best record in the NBA for the season. All that’s left is getting Kevin Durant back in the flow — shake off the rust, get in a little conditioning.

Durant will be back Saturday night against the Pelicans.

But he will not be working out any ball-handling kinks with Stephen Curry, the team announced.

Remember that the Warriors have more than just their remaining three regular season games to get Durant fully integrated again. Their first round series will almost certainly be against the Portland Trail Blazers, a team that without Jusuf Nurkic is inconsistent and plays little defense. The Warriors will win that series in four or five games and have that stretch to get right before things get genuinely serious in the second round.