Report: Kevin Durant ‘doubtful’ for Game 2 against Blazers
Kevin Durant’s questionable status for the Golden State Warriors’ Game 2 showdown with the Portland Trail Blazers reportedly has been downgraded to doubtful.
The Warriors have been preparing for the possibility of Durant not playing due to a strained calf. A tweet from USA Today’s Sam Amick seems to confirm it’s a long shot for the superstar to suit up Wednesday night.
With nine hours until tipoff between Warriors-Blazers, I'm told Kevin Durant's 'questionable' status (calf) is probably closer to doubtful.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) April 19, 2017
ESPN’s Chris Haynes added via Twitter that Durant did not participate in Wednesday morning’s shootaround, either, noting that Durant remains officially questionable.
Kevin Durant (left calf strain) did not participate in shootaround and is still listed questionable for tonight's Game 2 vs. Trail Blazers.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) April 19, 2017
As noted by Amick, given there’s still significant uncertainty with so little time ahead of Wednesday’s tip-off at Oracle Arena, the notion that Durant would make a remarkable recovery seems to be not in the cards. Although it doesn’t make sense to completely rule out Durant at this stage, either.
Then again, even if Durant could somehow give it a go Wednesday night, with the Warriors up 1-0 and a long run in the postseason arguably on the horizon, perhaps it would be a safer move to sit Durant for Game 2. In doing so, Durant would get a full five days off to rest and recover before Game 3 on Saturday at Moda Center.
Durant’s injury seemed to occur in the second half of Game 1, as the Warriors forward on several occasions appeared to be in some discomfort as he clutched his calf. Despite the injury, Durant finished with 31 points and 11 rebounds in the 121-109 victory. The injury did prevent Durant from practicing Tuesday, though.
The Warriors obviously learned how to play without Durant on the court after he went down with a knee injury earlier in the season. In fact, the team prospered, rattling off a 13-game winning streak, one that became a 14-gamer in Durant’s first game back.
In other words, the Warriors arguably would be wise to sit Durant. There’s no reason at this stage to risk making the superstar’s calf injury any worse. At worst the Warriors would lose and be knotted up at one apiece, with the hope a healthier Durant would return to the series sooner rather than later.
[Pro Basketball Talk]