Kevin Durant a game-time decision for Warriors in NBA Finals Game 5
TORONTO — Kevin Durant – for the first time in NBA Finals – is a game-time decision for Game 5 against Toronto on Monday.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Durant participated in the full morning shootaround at Scotiabank Arena and then left for more treatment on his calf, which he strained in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against Houston on May 8.
Kerr said it will depend on how Durant and the athletic training staff feel after he warms up later Monday evening right before the game. So, the will-he-or-won’t-he-play saga continues with the growing sign he plays for the first time in the Finals.
“He looked good, and we’ll see where it all goes,” Kerr said. “You worry about the conditioning. The skill obviously is undeniable. But he’s a guy who can get his shot off anytime he wants to. He’s been in similar situations with us where he’s had long layoffs, and he’s Kevin Durant. If we have him out there, he’ll be a threat.”
Kevin Durant leaves the practice court after closed session ahead of Game 5 of #NBAFinalspic.twitter.com/0pKOd9W2HU
Durant missed five weeks near the end of the of 2016-17 seasons – close to the four weeks he has been out in the playoffs – and returned to score 16 points on 6-for-15 shooting, including 0-for-4 on three-pointers, in 32 minutes, 37 seconds. He also had 10 rebounds and six assists.
Durant did not speak to reporters Monday morning and has not since the Finals began. He practiced Sunday, clearing another hurdle on his way to a return, and was listed as questionable on Sunday's injury report.
“Injuries happen, and there’s not a whole lot you can do about it,” Kerr said. “So you just try to hold everything together and keep pushing and find a way to survive and keep moving. When you get people back and your team is whole, you get a better sense of identity, and that’s what we’re hoping for. But no guarantees. We’ll see.”
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