Watching Golden State Warriors demolishing Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals made it easy to forget that they are missing two of their starters in Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins. Warriors will have to kick off the next series without them as well, but the good news is that both players are expected to return “at some point” during the NBA Finals.
Warriors provided an injury update on Durant and Cousins on Friday, confirming that the duo’s recovery is progressing well and that they are expected to play before the season ends.
Durant was injured in Game 5 of the series against Houston Rockets when he suffered a calf strain. Before going down, he led the team in scoring through the playoffs, averaging 34.2 points per game.
“Durant, who has not yet been cleared to begin on-court activities, continues to make good progress with his rehabilitation.” – said the club in the statement. “At this point, it is unlikely that he will play at the beginning of the 2019 NBA Finals, but it’s hopeful that he could return at some point during the series.”
Cousins, on the other hand, suffered a torn left quadriceps in Game 2 of the first round matchup against Los Angeles Clippers.
“Cousins also continues to make good progress with his rehabilitation and practiced with the team today for the first time since suffering the injury on April 16.” – the team added. “It’s anticipated that he will play at some point during the 2019 NBA Finals, but the exact date is to be determined and depends on his progress.”
Golden State Warriors will face either Toronto Raptors or Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of NBA Finals, which is scheduled for May 30th.