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Kevin Durant is expected to return to game action Saturday night at home against the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Golden State Warriors announced the news Thursday via press release:
Kevin Durant has been cleared to return to full team practices. Barring any setbacks, it is anticipated he will play in Saturday's game. pic.twitter.com/uE2SfJnc9j
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) April 6, 2017
The Warriors are currently riding a 13-game win-streak, all of which has occurred with Durant injured.
Golden State (65-14) has three regular season games left, but already clinched the number one seed in the West and top overall record in the NBA.
These final three games offer oppportunities for Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green to rest, but also provide Durant a chance to get his bearings back heading into the Playoffs.
According to ESPN Stats and Information, Golden State outscores opponents by an average of 12.5 points per game with Durant in the lineup.
Durant’s return coincides with the Cleveland Cavaliers’ recent hot-streak, in which the Cavs tightened their grip on the number one seed in the Eastern Conference.
It appears the Cavs and Warriors are both heading into the Playoffs on high notes.