Kevin Durant to practice as Game 5 decision awaits

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TORONTO – Three days before Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Steve Kerr said Kevin Durant would miss it. Two days before Game 2 of the NBA Finals, Steve Kerr said Kevin Durant would miss it. One day before Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Steve Kerr said Kevin Durant would miss it. One day before Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Steve Kerr said Kevin Durant would miss it.

One day before Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Steve Kerr said…

“He’s going to practice with us today. And he’ll get some extra work in with some of our younger players. And we’ll gauge it from there.

“What he’s going to do today, he hasn’t done.”

If nothing else, it’s progress Kerr didn’t already rule out Durant. In fact, Kerr even said he’s more hopeful Durant will play tomorrow.

Kerr previously said he’d stop providing updates on Durant other than in or out. The Warriors are reportedly frustrated Durant hasn’t returned, and the coach didn’t want to complicate the situation even further.

Now, once again, hopes are raised.

Facing a 3-1 deficit, the Warriors are in deep trouble – with or without Durant. Golden State must win three straight games, two in Toronto, against a Raptors team playing awesomely. Even if Durant plays, don’t expect him in peak form after missing a month.

But the Warriors are desperate for a spark, and there’s a chance Durant could provide it.

Or, if he can’t play, it could even further deflate Golden State entering a potential elimination game on the road.