OAKLAND — Kevin Durant went through the Warriors’ entire Friday afternoon practice in the Bay Area, boarded their afternoon flight and is hopeful for a Game 3 return in Portland on Saturday night.
But the team is still listing him as questionable with that minor calf ‘twinge’ and preaching caution, saying Durant could play if it was an elimination-like game, but — with a commanding 2-0 lead over the overmatched Blazers and plenty of other firepower — they feel it’s wiser to ensure he’s 100 percent (which they may deem he is Saturday night) before allowing him back in the lineup.
Matt Barnes and Shaun Livingston, who also participated in parts of Friday’s practice, are also questionable.
“Look, if it was Game 7 of the Finals, (Durant) could play,” Steve Kerr said. “We’re not talking about something that could damage his career. What we’re talking about is something that if it potentially gets worse and knocks him out for a few weeks, it’s not worth it.”
Durant even stayed after practice for some extra shooting work with Stephen Curry, circling the perimeter in their now routine post-practice shooting drill. He looked perfectly fine on the calf, bouncing up for shots.
“I’m good laterally,” Durant said. “I think just stopping and going (is the problem), but it’s getting better.”
He couldn’t identify the exact play it happened, calling the minor injury “weird,” but he started feeling discomfort late in the third quarter of Game 1. After getting it checked on the sideline,…
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