When Kevin Durant first pulled up grabbing his leg during Game 5 of the Warriors/Rockets series, it looked scary. Everyone’s first thought was the worst. But then came reports that it wasn’t as bad as feared, followed by an MRI the next day that confirmed it was a mild calf strain that would sideline Durant for a week or two.
Thursday, eight days later, we learned Durant is not going with Golden State to Portland and will stay behind and get treatment, missing Games 3 and 4. Game 5 may be out of the question, too.
So the calf strain isn’t so mild?
“Hopefully he continues to progress and he has made progress, but it’s a little more serious than we thought at the very beginning,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after his team won Thursday night to take a 2-0 series lead. “So we’ll see where it all goes, but he’s in there all day long getting treatment. He’s done a great job of committing himself to that process. Rick [Celebrini] and his staff are in there all day, and hopefully he’ll be back at some point, but we’ll just — you know, we’ll just wait and see.”
With the Warriors up 2-0, there is no pressure for rush Durant back. The Warriors can win the series without him and Durant may not play.
In the NBA Finals, however, against Toronto or Milwaukee, the Warriors will need Durant. He is averaging 34.2 points per game these playoffs, and shooting 41.6 percent from three.