Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) leaves the court after an injury during the third quarter in game five of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs against the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena.
A two-week absence jibes in part with what TNT reported in the immediate aftermath of the injury, saying his recovery could take 2-3 weeks.
"Hopefully", Kerr said, "we get Kevin back at some point".
They knew that if they could win those 14 minutes, they'd have the leverage.
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Then, they heeded Kerr's simple message: "Poise and awareness and poise and patience applies to all of life and not just offense", the coach said beforehand. It'll be a little different. "We're going to have to find a way".
The Warriors can get comfortable with this because each of their leaders - Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson - was drafted under a cloud of doubt. We've done it before. It will be a gut check time.
"Two very key sequences in that game, two key shots for us", Green said. That's all we can do. The two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP finished with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists. The team was traveling to Houston for Friday's Game 6 but Durant stayed behind in the Bay Area to undergo treatment. "He's been phenomenal", Kerr said Thursday night, confirming Durant is several days or more from being able to play basketball. But you still want to see Harden take his chances even if he's exhausted. He limped toward the Rockets' bench, and after a few moments, he went straight to the Warriors' locker room, accompanied by trainers and Myers. During the timeout, we all looked at each other.
I'm not talking about mediocre teams chasing a couple of home playoff games at the expense of crucial lottery positioning, or a team in need of an obvious rebuild making a shortsighted move just to jump into a meaningless playoff race. But we've had the next-man-up mentality for a long time now.
"It's hard to remove yourself from thinking about your teammate and your brother as he's back in the locker room getting checked out". "It was just...a few loose balls, few rebounds that we just didn't come up with which we have been".