VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Durant optimistic he'll play in Game 3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Kevin Durant said he felt ready to play in Golden State's Game 2 playoff win a day earlier yet the Warriors opted to be cautious with their superstar as he nurses a strained left calf.

Advertisement

Durant posted an update about his injury during a livestream on his personal YouTube channel Thursday evening. He is hopeful of playing in Saturday's Game 3 at Portland as the Warriors try to take a 3-0 lead in the series, though coach Steve Kerr said being up two games could affect any decision.

''I miss being out there with them and hopefully I'm out there the next game. Speaking of that, I have a little calf injury,'' Durant said, showing his left calf wrapped with blue tape . ''Unfortunate that I pulled my calf in Game 1 in the third quarter. It felt good to finish the game but afterward it tightened up on me a little bit and I was sore for the next few days.''

After he missed 19 games with a left knee injury sustained Feb. 28 at Washington then returning for the final three regular-season contests, the Warriors certainly aren't going to take any risks with KD . He had 32 points and 10 rebounds in a Game 1 victory Sunday - his playoff debut with the Warriors.

''It felt like I could go yesterday but Coach Kerr and the training staff and the whole organization told me it would be best to give it a few more days of rest, so hopefully I'll see how I feel these next couple days,'' Durant said. ''We have one more extra day before the game starts, we'll see how I feel. But I'm getting better every day. Hopefully I can be out there with my teammates grinding it out, trying to move forward and get a W in Game 3. We'll see what happens.''

Golden State took the day off from practice Thursday following the 110-81 victory, then was scheduled to practice Friday morning before flying to Portland.

''We've been in that situation and hopefully it's a very short absence for him and he'll be back soon,'' center Zaza Pachulia said. ''But health is very important, obviously. Yeah, every game matters but at the same time we're looking far into the future where we're playing for another two months. Hopefully it's just a little problem, not a big deal.''

While Durant is impatient to get on the court, he said he will get all the treatment and ice needed for his injury.

''It's a bummer, man, I hate being out. I hate being hurt,'' Durant said. ''It's something that's kind of out of my control right now, just try to get better. ... I'm positive about it. Up 2-0, going to Portland, the series starts Game 3. Can't wait.''

---

More NBA basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

Copyright 2018 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
David: Friday's Playoff Tips
BetDSI: Friday's Best Bet
News: 2018 Playoff Results
News: First Round Predictions
News: First Round Series Odds
Lawrence: Playoff Trends to Watch
Warriors pull away from Spurs for 3-0 lead
Embiid-led 76ers rout Heat for 2-1 edge
Mirotic, Davis help Pelicans crush Blazers
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NBA Pro Basketball Expert Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NBA Hot Streaks
2-0 LN, 17-3 Streak, 7-2 G-Plays
4-0 L4 G-Plays, +2,264 Picks TY
3-0 LN, 21-9 Run, 7-2 L9 G-Plays
4-2 L6, 22-9 Run, +3,701 Overall
3-0 L2 Days, 12-4 L16 Picks
12-5 Totals, +3,345 This Year
8-2 L10 NBA Guarantees
57%, +1,634 This Season
12-4 L16 Guaranteed Plays
7-3 L10, 11-4 L15, 21-10 Run
11-5 L16 Picks, 3-1 L4 G-Plays
9-4 L13 Guaranteed Plays
18-6 L24 Totals, 27-13 L40 Picks
5-1 Last 6 NBA Picks
6-3 L9 Over/Under Plays
10-5 Last 15 Selections
6-2 L8 Picks/Guarantees
NBA Pro Basketball Expert Sports Picks
2017 NBA SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Alex Smart + 3801
Antony Dinero + 3111
Kevin Rogers + 2254
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mark Franco + 590
Bill Marzano + 467
Zack Cimini + 390
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Alex Smart 57 %
Joe Nelson 57 %
Kevin Rogers 56 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Alex Smart + 2702
Kevin Rogers + 2426
Antony Dinero + 2176
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2867
ASA + 446
Doc's Sports + 441
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 980
Bruce Marshall + 804
Doc's Sports + 739
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, SAVE 10% off a Live Odds Pro subscription, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership