KD making 'good progress,' but not ready to advance to on-court work; will be re-evaluated in another week

Back-to-back Finals MVP has been nursing a strained right calf

Karl Buscheck
May 16, 2019 - 1:27 pm

Seconds into Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, the Warriors sent out the first official injury update on Kevin Durant (strained right calf), who's out for at least another week, and also provided a status report on DeMarcus Cousins (torn left quad).

Durant has shown good progress, but isn't ready to advance to on-court work. Like Cousins, he'll be re-evaluated in another week. That's a day before Game 6.

After the Warriors edged past the Blazers, 114-111, in Game 2, head coach Steve Kerr addressed the news that Durant remains sidelined indefinitely.

Ahead of the update, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN had reported that Durant is “not close” to playing for Golden State. Just before tip-off, Bob Myers, basketball boss of the Warriors, effectivley ruled Durant out for Games 3 and 4, saying the superstar won't travel to Portland.

Ric Bucher, of Bleacher Report and FS1, offered the following potential timeline:

Durant injured his calf in the the third quarter of last Wednesday’s Game 5 semifinal win over the Rockets.

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