TORONTO – Golden State forward Kevin Durant will play in Monday’s Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, after his nine-game layoff with a right calf injury.
“He has responded well and he’s going to play,” Kerr said. “He can play now. He has been cleared and he’s going to play.”
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The 2017 and 2018 NBA Finals MVP has been sidelined for more than a month as the defending NBA champions have been taken to the brink of defeat by the Toronto Raptors, who lead the best-of-seven series 3-1.
Durant was the Warriors leading scorer with 34.2 points a game and also contributed 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists a game for Golden State before being hurt against Houston in the second round.
The major question is how well can Durant play after such a long layoff and how well will he be able to blend into the Warriors’ lineup.