Published: Fri, May 10, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Kevin Durant has mild calf strain, to be re-evaluated next week

Kevin Durant has mild calf strain, to be re-evaluated next week

Golden State and Houston take the court for Game 6 at 9 p.m. on Friday at Toyota Center in Houston.

Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant will not play in the rest of his team's Western Conference semifinals series against the Houston Rockets because of a right calf strain, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr says he is confident Durant will be able to return in the conference finals if Golden State can close out this series.

"He's not going to play Game 6", Kerr told Tim Kawakami of The Athletic. "It's just that with Kevin we have the ultimate weapon so we've sort of mixed in different styles and offensive starting points for our team over the last few years".

Bogut, the Warriors' veteran Australian centre, did not play for a second straight game.

Durant suffered the strained calf during a jump shot late in the third quarter.

Shaun Livingston said the team made a decision to "react with a win", per The Athletic. In the final minute, he cashed in two free throws, helping the Warriors build a six-point lead, keeping the Rockets at bay. He's scored 33 points per game in the five games against Houston.

He will also be ruled out for a potential Game 7 back at Oracle Arena on Sunday afternoon.

Durant has taken over the playoffs for the two-time champions. Meanwhile, Durant, who did not travel to south Texas with the team, was in the midst of a spectacular postseason, averaging 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists and a block in 11 games. According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Warriors have been outscored by 14 points with Durant on the bench in these playoffs.

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