Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant will miss Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, according to head coach Steve Kerr.
Durant has been off the court since suffering a calf injury in Game 5 of the team’s second-round series against the Houston Rockets.
“Kevin is not going to play Sunday,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said on Friday. “We have been sort of holding out hope, but I might as well just say it now. He’s not practicing today. We’ll have a practice tomorrow, but he’s still progressing. It’s near-impossible for him to play on Sunday.”
The Warriors had won five straight games without Durant until Thursday’s 118-109 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
“The thinking is when he’s ready to play, he’ll play,” Kerr said. “It’s not like this is a sore ankle or his knee is sore, whatever, and you can play through it. This is a tricky one. If you re-injure the calf, then that’s it and then he’s done for the series. So when he’s ready to play, he’ll play.”
A report from Yahoo! Sports on Friday stated that there is “some optimism” from the within Warriors that Durant will return for Game 3, but that a Game 4 return is more likely.