Warriors say Kevin Durant will practice before Game 5
Jun 10 2019
If Kevin Durant plays in the NBA Finals on an injured leg and hurts himself far more significantly, there is a chance that he could miss out on long-term contract offers from teams other than the Golden State Warriors keeping the Pacific Division very hard for the Phoenix Suns to maneuver.
After losing Game 4 105-92 to fall into a three-games-to-one series hole, the Warriors will look to stave off elimination in Monday's Game 5 in Toronto.
"We haven't been in this position before in The Finals, but playing OKC and the whole 2016 run, where we were on both sides of this equation, you can kind of relive those experiences and understand what the emotions were like and how important literally every possession of those potential closeout games were on both ends, and what it took for those comebacks to happen", he said.
Durant, the leading scorer of the 2019 playoffs at 34.2 points per game, hasn't appeared in the series but could be nearing a return, instantly making him one of the most accomplished "X-Factors" of all-time.
Kerr confirmed that leading playoff scorer Kevin Durant, out since early May with a strained calf, would finally return to practice on Sunday. Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and DeMarcus Cousins are impending free agents, while Iguodala, now 35, is coming off arguably the worst statistical season of his 15-year career.
"He's going to practice with us today", Kerr said prior to the practice. Then, he went to the dentist to get his front teeth fixed.
"He will be very welcome, I'll say that much", Thompson said. "We'll come in the arena with the right mindset". You just got to play through them - not play through them, but manage the injury. "I'm more upset about the teeth than the eye".
"I got back home, went to the hospital, got a CT scan to make sure that no bones were broken in my face", VanVleet said Sunday afternoon. We'll be able to adjust in transition pretty smoothly.
Following the Game 1 loss in Toronto, Bogut was asked about his ability to stay ready and perform when his number was called.