It has been a long wait for all the fans since Kevin Durant was injured against the 2nd round of the playoffs vs the Houston Rockets.
A strained calf injury believed to heal in a few days has lasted a month and the Warriors are deeply missing him and trying to climb out of a 1-3 NBA Finals deficit.
It is now reported that Kevin Durant has been cleared for practice and joined the team on Sunday 6/9/2019 in the hopes that he can play in Game 5 of the NBA Finals 2019.
Steve Kerr has this to say on Kevin Durant practice:
“Yeah, He’s doing more today, and we’ll know more after that.”
Kerr response if Kevin is going to play on Game 5:
“It’s feasible. But again, it’s really a day-to-day thing. If we had a crystal ball, we would have known a long time ago what we were dealing with. It’s just an injury; there’s been a lot of gray area. So literally it’s just day to day and how the progress is coming.”
Kevin Durant is officially listed as questionable for Game 5 but we will know his status later today.
Stephen Curry was brilliant from the opening buzzer until the remaining minutes of the 4th quarter as he delivered NBA Finals MVP numbers with 47 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists, and 2 steals.
His monstrous effort however was not enough to win against the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Curry was playing with a depleted lineup as Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Looney are all injured and didn’t play. He had little help from his team as only Green and Iguodala scored in double figures 17 and 11 respectively.
Curry did everything he can making plays, hitting the big shot, hustling and diving for loseballs but Green’s intensity was not there, the perimeter defense to stop the outside shooting of the Raptors did not rotate fast enough.
On a positive note, the Warriors was always in striking distance of only trailing between 7 and 13 points throughout the game.
Even if KD, KT and KL comeback and the Warrios win the title, Curry winning Game 2 for the Warrios and tonight’s performance is enough for him to win the NBA Finals MVP award.
The Portland Blazers fought hard throughout the game even leading by as much as 17 points towards the end of the third quarter, however the Warriors with their Championship composure managed to climb back and win 119-117 in Overtime.
Draymond Green explains their basketball mindset — “We just really understand what we’re capable of on both sides of the basketball . We’re never out of the fight. That’s just always our mindset.”
The Warriors is the first team since the Celtics in 1950s to make it to five straight NBA Finals and were able to do it despite having three star players sideline due to injury — Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins, Andre Iguodala.
Both Stephen Curry and Draymond Green had triple doubles making is the first time two players achieved such a record in a single playoff game.
Green scored 18 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, while Curry put in 37 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.
Stephen Curry has to this say about the game — “We’ve been here before. We’ve seen everything, every experience you can imagine. So we relied on that.”
Damian Lillard, who tried to lead his team and earlier said someone will eventually comeback from a 3-0 deficit, scored 28 points and 12 assists for Portland. He had a chance to send the game into 2nd overtime but missed a 3-point attempt as the buzzer. Meyers Leonard scored a career-high 30 points and 12 rebounds.
Blazers coach Terry Stotts expected Lillard for a buzzer-beating 3-pointer — “Yeah, I did. I thought it was going to — kind of meant to be, when he shot it, it had a good arc. I thought it had a chance.”
The Warriors will face the winner of the Milwaukee Bucks Vs Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals.