‘He hasn't even stepped on the floor yet’ — Kerr pumps the brakes on KD and Boogie return talk

Warriors planning to face Blazers without pair of all-stars

Karl Buscheck
May 14, 2019 - 10:01 am

Heading into the Western Conference Finals, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr made it clear that the club is preparing to play the Blazers sans Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins.

“I think everyone needs to slow down a little bit on the Kevin stuff,” Kerr said after practice on Monday.

Durant sustained a strained right calf in Game 5 last Wednesday against the Rockets, a match-up the Warriors won 104-99.

“He hasn't even stepped on the floor yet,” Ker continued. “We've tried to remain somewhat vague because the injury is really sort of open-ended in terms of how long he's going to need to recover, but I think in doing so, maybe people have gotten the idea that he's going to come back and be Willis Reed or something. He hasn't even stepped on the floor yet. He still has pain. So there's some time ahead of him on the rehab process. We'll have a more detailed update on Thursday.”

Cousins, who suffered a partially torn quadriceps back on April 15, was out on the practice floor on Monday, but, like Durant, has work to do.

“DeMarcus, probably similar,” Kerr said. “He hasn't had any live stuff on the court yet. He's not back to full. Hopefully, another week goes by, and things start to get better. Now we have a better prognosis. At this point, we're getting ready for this series without them.”

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