Kevin Durant Addresses Injury, Value To Team

Kevin Durant isn’t sure when he’ll return from his calf injury but he is sure that the Warriors are better with him in the lineup. Durant addressed those topics while meeting the media, including ESPN’s Nick Friedell, on Friday.

Durant noted that while he’s showing steady improvement, the right calf strain he suffered in Game 5 against the Rockets in the conference semifinals still needs time to heal. Durant has not been cleared for on-court work. He’s doubtful to play in Game 1 of the Finals on Thursday.

“I’m just taking it a second at a time,” Durant said. “Every rep we do in the weight room, I just try to focus on that rep and not try to think too far down the line. ‘Cause I don’t really know too much about this injury. I’m leaving it the hands of the team doctors. I trust the direction they’re trying to put me in.”

Durent initially feared he tore his Achilles, the same injury teammate DeMarcus Cousins suffered last season with the Pelicans.

“I pushed off to run down court and I felt somebody trip me up,” Durant said, according to an NBA.com post. “First thing that came to mind, ‘Boogie (Cousins) said, Kobe (Bryant) said…’ that it felt like somebody kicked them (after they tore Achilles tendons). So the first thing in my mind was to slow down and process what happened. Then I started walking, and I could put weight on it, and it wasn’t as bad as I thought.”

The Warriors have won all five playoff games with Durant out of action, prompting many observers to say the team is better off without the impending free agent and more fun to watch. Durant has heard the talk and says it’s not factual.

“I felt like my teammates and the organization know exactly what I’ve done here off and on the court to become a part of this culture, stamp my flag in this culture and this organization. … I know what I bring to the team, but I also know a lot of people on the outside don’t like to see us together, and I get it,” he said.

Warriors owner Joe Lacob has repeatedly said he’ll do whatever it takes to keep the core group together this offseason, including Durant.

Forward Andre Iguodala (calf), who missed Game 4 against Portland, and Cousins (quad), who has been since the opening round, are closer to returning. Both participated in a full team scrimmage on Friday without restrictions on contact or playing time.

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8 thoughts on “Kevin Durant Addresses Injury, Value To Team

  1. InvalidUserID

    The only hope the rest of the league has on beating the Warriors is by breaking them apart, namely trying to get KD to leave. Glad he’s aware that that’s what’s going on with all the chatter.

  2. arc89

    This is all NY media who wants to break up GSW. They know nobody will beat them for the next 5 years if he stays.

    • 5 years??? They are a bunch of oldies dude, ain’t winning it for that long, unless they get rid of them & bring good young guys instead.

  3. Reflect

    For someone who claims not to care about what people say about him, he sure spends a lot of time discussing what people say about him

    • bravesfan88
      bravesfan88

      Even KD knows he’s overly sensitive…He cares, probably a lot more than he should, but hey, if that’s what motivates him, so be it.

      KD has been quoted as saying he gets caught up feeling it necessary to defend himself at times..That’s just how the guy is, and I don’t really blame him..

      I much prefer a guy to talk crap back to trolls and haters, rather than just simply taking a video in his pool, and snapchatting about how amazing his life is..

    • Sooo true! Hopefully Milwaukee makes it to the finals, then will be a good match up to watch Giannis vs DMC. Now if Toronto makes it & DMC ain’t playing, then no reason at all to watch the finals, right?

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