Staring down a 3-1 deficit and with their backs firmly against the wall, the Golden State Warriors received some good news (sort of) on the injury front. Two time Finals MVP Kevin Durant, who has missed the last nine games for the Warriors with a calf injury, finally participated in a practice session with the team and is listed as ‘questionable’ for Game 5. Since ‘questionable’ is better than ‘out’, the Warriors should hope for the best. As things stand now, a glorious and heroic return of Kevin Durant seems to be the only way the Warriors have any chance of even extending the series, let alone winning it.
Speaking to the media prior to the practice session, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said: “He’ll get some extra work in with some of our younger players and we’ll gauge it from there.”
Prior to his injury, Durant had averaged 34.2 points over a stretch of 11 playoff games. Warriors superstar Klay Thompson was also hoping for a Durant comeback. He said: “He will be very welcomed, I’ll tell you that much, I think it’s pretty easy to realize we obviously miss him out there. 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. I know how badly he wants to be out there. He’s one of the best competitors I’ve ever been around.“