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Kevin Durant has a mild calf strain, could be back for Conference Finals

The early returns on Durant’s scary injury are encouraging.

Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors - Game Five Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

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.

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.