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Wednesday, April 5, 2017
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FLORIDA – On Feb. 28, Kevin Durant dropped to the ground in apparent pain, gripping his knee in agony.
Golden State Warriors fans everywhere collectively held their breath as the team’s leading scorer and best overall player headed to the locker room, with everyone fearing that the worst possible outcome would be confirmed.
With a bit of luck, Durant suffered an MCL sprain (no tear) and has been out since, missing 17 games so far, nursing the injury with the hopes of returning for the playoffs.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, who cited team sources, Durant’s rehabilitation has been progressing nicely and he’s on course to play the team’s final three regular-season games.
That means that he will be back this Saturday when the team takes on the New Orleans Pelicans and will finish up the season with games against the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers.
Coach Steve Kerr spoke to reporters on Sunday and confirmed that he would like to see Durant return during the regular season in the hopes of regaining consistency before their playoff run.
However, a strict minutes restriction will be enforced when Durant returns, explained Kerr.
After losing five of the first seven games that Durant missed following the injury, Golden State had to learn to adapt to his void. Now, they’ll have to adapt to getting him back in the lineup.
Outspoken teammate Draymond Green couldn’t hide his enthusiasm towards getting KD back and claimed that he doesn’t want him to fit in.
“Hell no,” Green said. “Absolutely not. He’ll fit right in. But we don’t need him to fit in. I think that’s where people kind of get it mixed up. He wasn’t brought here to fit in. He was brought here to stand out.”
At 63-14, the Warriors hold the NBA’s top record and stand 3.5 games ahead of the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference. (AP)