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Durant out for game four of NBA Finals but Thompson to return

Golden State’s Klay Thompson, left, is set to return for the Warriors in game four of the NBA Finals after missing game three with a hamstring strain. - AFP
Golden State’s Klay Thompson, left, is set to return for the Warriors in game four of the NBA Finals after missing game three with a hamstring strain. - AFP

Oakland, Friday: Golden State star forward Kevin Durant will miss game four of the NBA Finals on Friday with a right calf injury, but guard Klay Thompson will return, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Thursday.

Both players were absent in Wednesday’s 123-109 loss to Toronto, which game the Raptors a 2-1 edge in the best-of-seven championship series entering game four Friday in Oakland.

“My body feels really good and that extra night of rest really helped,” Thompson said. “I just can’t wait.”

Two-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Durant, the team’s leading playoff scorer with 32.5 points a game, did not have a setback, Kerr said, but trainers will not clear him for scrimmage work before Friday or Saturday.

“I was hoping today would be the day when he could get out on the floor,” Kerr said. “It’s going to be probably the next couple of days. That’s the next step.

“So the hope would be that he could still make it back at the end of the series.”

Durant has missed a month with the injury, the Warriors going 6-2 without him in the playoffs.

“He will continue to get treatment and get on the court and continue to work,” Kerr said. “It’s just about when the training staff tells me he’s ready.”

The Warriors, whose latest loss came despite a career playoff high 47 points from Stephen Curry, will welcome back five-time All-Star guard Thompson, who sat out Wednesday with a strained left hamstring, ending a career run of 120 consecutive playoff games without a miss.

“The risk was too great and being down 2-1 is not the end of the world,” Thompson said. “We’ve been in this position before so we can rely on our experience and we’re getting guys back. “It just sucks missing a finals game. This is what we work our whole lives for. But I would rather miss one game than an entire series.”

The injury-hit defending NBA champions might even get back forward Kevon Looney, who had been declared out for the remainder of the best-of-seven series with a chest injury, according to Kerr.

“We’re gathering information, second opinion-type thing,” Kerr said. “It’s sort of an open question. At this point there’s not anything to report. We’re looking at all our options and his options.”

- AFP

 


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