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Kevin Durant cleared to practice ahead of Game 5

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If Durant is able to play Monday, expect DeMarcus Cousins to be bumped out of the starting lineup in favor of the Hampton's 5. No one person in the NBA Finals wields quite as much influence over the outcome of the series, as the "Easy Money Sniper".

Fast-forward to Sunday afternoon.

Kevin Durant is listed as questionable for game 5 of the NBA Finals after practicing for the first time since hurting his calf on May 8th. The writer chose the word "angst" to elucidate the brittle confidence around the time going into a decisive Game 5.

"I hate wearing mouthpieces", VanVleet said.

Practice just ended, and Kevin Durant's walking out with an ice bag on his right calf.

VanVleet was felled by an accidental elbow from Golden State's Shaun Livingston in the fourth quarter of the Raptors' 105-92 victory Friday, leaving him bloodied and flat on his back. With Golden State facing a must-win game Monday, down 3-1 to the Raptors, Kerr and his staff are holding out hope that Durant will be able to return. "We'll know more after that".

"That's what I did from that point on, bet on myself and trust that I really felt what I was doing and really believed in it". "If that's win a game and be patient, then we got to go do that". He's propelled us to two championships in the last two years, so it'd be pretty storybook if he comes back and helps us do the same.

"It's just having another powerful weapon out there who can do some very dynamic things on the floor", Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. "He's one of the best competitors I've ever been around". "He's been in plenty of Finals and has played well". He averaged 26 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists during the regular season. "So if anything, it will be on me to make sure that I report everything and tell them how I'm feeling".

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