Greeget.com. Kevin Durant Doesn’t Play, Klay Thompson Ready to Return to the Fourth Game. Bad news returns to the Golden State Warriors ahead of the fourth game of the 2019 NBA Finals.
Kevin Durant, their flagship forwards, must miss again. He is still struggling with his calf injury. Though the Warriors must face the Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena, Oakland, California, United States, Friday 7 June 2019 local time.
The Warriors appear without Durant in the last eight games, including three final games. During that time the Warriors packed six wins. However, they left behind 1-2 against the Raptors in the final.
Durant’s condition actually had reportedly improved. He wants to appear in the final, but Chief Coach Steve Kerr is not willing to take risks. Moreover, Durant has not had time to train with the team since suffering an injury.
“Kevin will not play tomorrow,” Kerr was quoted as saying by the league’s official website. “He will continue to get treatment, go to the field and continue to practice. However, he will not appear for the fourth game.”
Forwards with number 35 has been injured since the fifth game of the Western Conference Semifinal against the Houston Rockets. He then missed all Western Conference games against the Portland Trail Blazers until the NBA Finals. The Warriors were forced to lose their point machines.
Durant scored 26 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 1.1 blocks per regular season game 2018-2019. He helped the Warriors sit atop the Western Conference standings with a record of 57-25. The Warriors also have the right to playoffs with all their achievements.
During the playoffs, Durant was very useful for the Warriors. He became the most productive point machine with 34.2 points per game. He also scored an average of 5.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.2 steals and 1 block.
Meanwhile, Klay Thompson’s fate is different from Durant’s. He looks luckier. After missing the third game due to a hamstring injury, the Warriors’ firefighters are scheduled to return to the fourth game.
Kerr then hopes the Warriors can win the match. Thompson also prepared himself. Moreover, the Warriors want to defend the NBA championship for the third time.
“Yes, I know it. I can feel it, “Thompson said as quoted by the NBA official website. “My body feels very good and another night’s rest will help. Now I can’t wait to get back to playing tomorrow. “
Thompson scored 19.5 points, 4 rebounds and 2.1 assists in the playoffs. He contributed 23 points per match in the final. The Warriors need it to win victory at home. Because, after the fourth game, they will return to Toronto for away games.