Kevin Durant has been cleared to practice with the Warriors and the 2019 NBA Finals has taken another turn.
One of the league’s best scoring threats, Durant has been out with a right calf injury since Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinal and has watched from the sidelines as Golden State has fallen into a 3-1 series deficit to the Toronto Raptors.
Kevin Durant will be cleared to practice today, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
While Golden State coach Steve Kerr did not rule out Durant playing in Game 5 at Toronto, he told reporters he was encouraged by the small forward’s progress and will have a better sense of his status after he works out with some of the team’s younger players on Sunday.
shaun livingston on kevin durant’s potential return:
“at this point we’re preparing as if he’s not playing. we don’t want to put that pressure on him.”
Durant averaged 26 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game with the Warriors this season. In two games against Toronto this season, Durant averaged 40.5 points, nine rebounds and 5.5 blocks including a 51-point outing on the road.
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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrates with teammate Draymond Green (23) during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets, Monday, May 28, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) and forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrate during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, March 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
From left, Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry display their all-star jerseys before the start of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
From left, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry laugh during their rally for winning the NBA championship Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. Oakland is celebrating its second championship in the past three years. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
LeBron James (23) de los Cavaliers de Cleveland discute con Draymond Green (23) y Kevin Durant (35) de los Warriors de Golden State en la final de la NBA, el viernes 9 de junio de 2017. (AP Foto/Ron Schwane)
Kevin Durant (izquierda) y Draymond Green, de los Warriors de Golden State, festejan durante el primer encuentro de la final de la NBA ante los Cavaliers de Cleveland, el jueves 1 de junio de 2017 (AP Foto/Marcio José Sánchez)
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Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant, right, receives a hug from teammate Draymond Green (23) following Game 3 of the NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green, left, and Kevin Durant pose for photos during NBA basketball media day Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green celebrates after the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-85 in Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals to win the NBA championship, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. Next to Green are Kevin Durant, left, and Klay Thompson. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)