Kevin Durant 'Not Close' to Returning to Playoff Action

Annette Crawford
May 18, 2019

Each of those teams will pose a worthy threat to a Warrior team with a healthy Kevin Durant in its starting five, much more so, in the event Durant doesn't become available for a possible Finals matchup with either team. He has yet to play in the Western Conference finals against the Trail Blazers. "And when you are on a run like we are now in, you've seen everything".

The Warriors also relied on Draymond Green (16 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists), Kevon Looney (14 points, seven rebounds) and Jordan Bell (11 points).

Game 2 is set to begin shortly on ESPN.

Stephen Curry had 37 points to lead the Warriors, who have lost just once in their last 11 playoff games against Portland.

".Hopefully he'll be back at some point, and we'll just wait and see". Golden State is now 66-29 on the season, 35-13 at home, 41-53-1 against the spread and 49-45-1 with the under. The Warriors are moving to new Chase Center in San Francisco next season.

The Blazers want to return to the Bay Area for a Game 5 next week.

In the 18 playoff series under Kerr, the Warriors have closed out the series on the road 10 times, including doing so in their last four playoff series against the Rockets (twice), Cavaliers and Clippers. "We've all taken the challenge to step up to have his back".

A Meyers Leonard 3-pointer put Portland eight points clear late in the fourth but Curry then seized control. That means he wouldn't be expected to return until the NBA Finals if Golden State advances. According to the team, he has shown progress since his rehabilitation started but is not ready for on-court work. His brother, Seth, is a backup guard for Portland. They've had moments where they're guarding each other on defense, and Steph acknowledged that sometimes he doesn't wish for his brother to miss shots, placing deep family allegiances over team rivalries.

Bulls (1996-1998): In the Conference Semifinals against the Knicks in 1996, the Bulls lost Game 3 in NY as favorites and then won Game 4 but failed to cover the spread.

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