OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant dealt with so much scrutiny when he decided to join Golden State last July, he keeps reminding himself of that and considering the big picture as he waits again to get healthy and help his team.
“It’s not life or death. I’m not on my death bed,” Durant said Friday. “I got on the court today. It’s not the end of the world. … When I came here a lot of people in this basketball bubble made it feel like it was the worst thing I ever did in life. It felt like I killed somebody. So, I have to step back and look at it and realize it’s not serious at all. It’s basketball. That’s all it is, it’s just basketball.”
Durant participated in a light practice and was still listed as questionable to play in Saturday’s Game 3 of the playoffs at Portland because of a strained left calf.
He appeared to be moving well while doing shooting work alongside Stephen Curry after the workout, though coach Steve Kerr doesn’t plan to play Durant until he’s been deemed fully healthy without risk of making the injury worse.
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“I’m not ready to say he’s 100 percent, so as long he’s not 100 percent, we’ve got to be cautious and make the right decision,” Kerr said ahead of his team’s flight to Portland. “We want 100 percent health. Look, if it was Game 7 of the NBA Finals he’d play because we’re not talking about anything that could damage his career. But what we’re talking about is something that if it could potentially get worse and knock him out for a few weeks,…
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