Warriors’ Kevin Durant Out for Game 2 against the Blazers

Kevin Durant arguing with a referee in 2017. Photo by Robert John Herbert/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Golden State Warriors will have to wait a bit more before their All-Star Kevin Durant is ready to return to action. Durant, who missed Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against Portland Trail Blazers with the calf strain, has also been ruled out for Game 2 of the series according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes.

Durant suffered the injury in Game 5 of the West Semi-Finals against the Houston Rockets. After Golden State advanced, he was immediately ruled out for Game 1 against the Trail Blazers and considered doubtful for Game 2. The 30-year-old is expected to be reevaluated on Thursday before the game, but the Warriors will keep him off the basketball court as a precautionary measure.  

Although Kevin Durant is considered to be Golden State Warriors’ best player, the team still managed to have a strong showing without him. They first defeated the Rockets in Game 6 to close out the series and then easily dealt with the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 coming out with a 116-94 win. According to certain reports, if Warriors win Game 2 against Portland in a similar fashion, Durant might sit out for an additional game or two in order to be fully prepared for the NBA Finals.

Durant averaged 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game during these playoffs.