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Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant is not close to returning from a right calf strain, coach Steve Kerr told reporters Monday.
Durant suffered the injury in the third quarter of Game 5 of the Warriors’ win over the Houston Rockets last week. The Warriors open the Western Conference Finals at home vs. the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday.
“We’ve tried to remain somewhat vague because the injury is really sort of open-ended in terms of how long he’s going to need to recover. But I think in doing so people have gotten the idea that he’s going to come back and be Willis Reed or something,” Kerr said. “He hasn’t even stepped on the floor yet, he still has pain. There’s time ahead of him on the rehab process.”
Kerr added that there is no timetable for center DeMarcus Cousins to return from a partially torn left quadriceps muscle. Cousins suffered the injury in Game 2 of the Warriors’ first-round series vs. the Los Angeles Clippers.
“He hasn’t had any live stuff on the court yet, so he’s not that close either,” Kerr said. “Hopefully another week goes by and things start to get better and now we have a better prognosis. At this point we’re getting ready for this series without both of them.”