Kevin Durant Out For Game 1, “Unlikely” For Game 2

The Warriors will have to open the Western Conference Finals against the Trail Blazers without their leading postseason scorer, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com (Twitter link).

A source tells Shelburne that Kevin Durant will miss at least Game 1 of the series on Tuesday. The star forward, who is battling a calf strain, won’t be re-evaluated until Thursday, so he’s also considered “unlikely” to play in Game 2, which is scheduled for that night, per Shelburne.

Durant’s injury isn’t expected to be a long-term ailment, so there’s an expectation that he’ll be able to return to the court at some point during this series. Still, if he’s unable to suit up for the first two games, it’ll be a huge opportunity for the Blazers to try to steal a game in Oakland before heading back to the Moda Center.

Of course, the Warriors showed in Game 6 of the Western Semifinals against Houston that they’re still a force to be reckoned with even without Durant in their lineup. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 60 points in that game and Andre Iguodala had five steals and five 3-pointers as Golden State eliminated the Rockets on the road.

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4 thoughts on “Kevin Durant Out For Game 1, “Unlikely” For Game 2

  1. Dodgethis

    Splash bros plus iggy and green on defense is a championship team. Add in durant and nobody else has a chance. This is why the rest of the league now hates the warriors and Durant. Make no mistake, there isn’t a team out there that the warriors cannot beat sans durant. Portland’s incredibly lucky to have gone this far, and if they can’t win every game d urant doesn’t play, its over before it started.

    • arc89

      Only worry is if lillard gets hot and is unstoppable. i expect trailblazers to take 2 games. Shouldn’t count the wins early because the team is thin another injury and Portland has the advantage.

  2. Theone23

    Is anyone else still unconvinced this isn’t an achilles strain at the very least?? I certainly am. I guess we’ll see how this next round goes, but I wouldn’t be shocked if we didn’t see KD the entire series. Blazers in 7

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