Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant has been diagnosed with a mild calf strain. Durant will be re-evaluated next week, meaning he is surely out for the Warriors Game 6 against the Houston Rockets, as well as a potential Game 7.
Durant could ,however, return for the Western Conference Finals, should the Warriors win one of their next two games.
Warriors will have to find a way to beat Houston in Western Conference semifinals, but Kevin Durant could be back for the Western Finals. https://t.co/NpwRRAPXkh— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 9, 2019
Losing Durant, who has won the last two NBA Finals MVPs, is obviously a huge blow to the Warriors, who will be shorthanded as they try to finish off a very tough series.
But on the whole, the news is still good. When Durant left Wednesday’s Game 4 after sustaining the non-contact injury, it seemed possible that he had a torn Achilles. That would have not only kept Durant out of the playoffs, but for much of next season as well.
Now it’s on the Warriors to close out Houston without one of their superstars.