The question of whether or not Kevin Durant would play in the NBA Finals continued to go toward a “no” answer which was unfortunate for a team that was obviously lost without him.
The Game 4 Warriors’ 105-92 loss to the Toronto Raptors was KD-less, but as far as his status for the fifth game of the series goes, it remains unknown.
For now, we do know he will be traveling with the team up north which is about as promising of news as we could hope for:
Kevin Durant has been working with Dr. Rick Celebrini every day and will resume that in Toronto. But still unclear if he’ll practice tomorrow in Toronto. For the past week, Durant has done some shooting work, but not clear if he’s ramped up any conditioning work yet
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) June 8, 2019
Warriors departing for Toronto right about now. Kevin Durant on the flight. Practice/availability tomorrow. Trend, in this series, has been for Kerr to announce his (out) status the day before. If there’s a chance he can go, we should get that messaging tomorrow.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) June 8, 2019
And as Anthony Slater reported, any news on Durant’s status should be announced on Sunday.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said prior to Game 4 the 10-time All-Star “just isn’t ready.” Not only was his body not ready, but the trainers and even KD himself didn’t believe he was ready.
“He tried to do some stuff in practice yesterday, it didn’t work,” Windhorst reported.
Durant suffered a strained right calf injury during the third quarter of Game 5 in the Warriors’ second-round NBA playoff series against the Houston Rockets.
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