Kevin Durant 'not close' to returning to the Warriors

Jose Verdugo
May 18, 2019

In addition, Golden State center DeMarcus Cousins will be re-evaluated again in a week as he works back from a strained left quadriceps muscle sustained in Game 2 of the first round against the Clippers on April 15 - just his second career playoff game. He was like: "'Alright, it's going to be 72.' He made them both, so he wasn't fazed".

The Golden State Warriors had no issues rolling over the Portland Trail Blazers in 116-94 win in Game 1 of their Western Conference Finals. Portland struggled to slow down the Warriors stars throughout Game 1 as Steph Curry picked them apart and then created opportunities for everyone else.

Durant injured the calf during the third quarter of Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals vs. the Rockets, after landing awkwardly on a shot attempt.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr insisted his team stole this game with a sensational final few minutes and another, familiar third-quarter outburst. We've been here before. I think it's just a make-or-miss league.

The Warriors' medical staff assessed Durant earlier Thursday before Game 2. "But I tried to get a little bit of space the first time. So. good defensive play".

Those teams went to two consecutive NBA Finals on the back of Curry, a two-time regular season MVP, who made the sacrifice of signing off on Durant to the Warriors in 2016.

Lillard finished the game with 23 points, 10 assists, and five rebounds in 43 minutes. But often it's required, and no team has done it better than the Golden State Warriors.

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"We've been here before", Green said.

The smiles, positive energy, and winning results tell us that much. "But right now we're a very confident group". Thompson had 24 points while going 8 of 22 from the field and 4 of 8 from deep.

Golden State completes a 14-3 run to close the game and take a 2-0 series lead. "You talk about the stage, he was incredible tonight", Stephen Curry said. "He was fantastic. It worked out perfectly tonight: He played well, and we won".

The Trail Blazers look to even the series on Thursday night and take advantage of Kevin Durant's absence.

Klay Thompson (13 points) and Stephen Curry (11 points) put up big numbers in the frame.

But the Warriors used their championship experience to tie the game and stifle the Trail Blazers' offense.

The referees did not see anything wrong with Iguodala's play in the final seconds and let the clock continue running but the Trail Blazers point guard indicated after that there was "a lot of contact". Portland led 65-50 at the break.

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