Durant and Cousins not expected for start of Finals, Warriors hopeful they will return at some point

Boogie is back practicing but KD has yet to be cleared

Karl Buscheck
May 23, 2019 - 12:03 pm

The latest upate on Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins is in and the Warriors appear set to begin the NBA Finals without the pair of All-Stars.

Here's the full report on the pair, per a team statement:

"Warriors forward Kevin Durant (strained right calf) and center DeMarcus Cousins (torn left quadriceps muscle) were evaluated by the team’s medical staff earlier today.

Durant, who has not yet been cleared to begin on-court activities, continues to make good progress with his rehabilitation. At this point, it is unlikely that he will play at the beginning of the 2019 NBA Finals, but it’s hopeful that he could return at some point during the series. 

Cousins also continues to make good progress with his rehabilitation and practiced with the team today for the first time since suffering the injury on April 16. It’s anticipated that he will play at some point during the 2019 NBA Finals, but the exact date is to be determined and depends on his progress. 

The status for both players will be updated next Wednesday."

The Fianls are set to begin on May 30, one day after the next re-evaluation.

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