Warriors hopeful on Durant for NBA Finals


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Golden State Warriors will be without Kevin Durant for Game 1 of the NBA Finals but he could make an appearance in the second game before the series heads to Oakland.

Durant has travelled with Golden State to Toronto but has already been ruled out of the series opener against the Raptors.

The two-time reigning Finals MVP missed the entire Western Conference Finals with Portland Trail Blazers with a calf injury he picked up in Game 5 of the previous series against Houston Rockets.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr remains unsure if Durant will be able to feature in Game 2 on Sunday, but isn’t prepared to rule him out either at this stage.

“We’ll see where it goes from here,” said Kerr.

“This is where the fact that there’s a lot of days in between games during the finals helps us, so we’ll see.”

Game 1 takes place on Thursday and the Warriors then have two full days off before the second game on Sunday.

DeMarcus Cousins has been absent for Golden State since the second game of their opening postseason series but could return during the Finals, although it remains to be seen if Kerr will be willing to throw the center back into action at such an important stage of the season after a long absence.

Golden State are 2.00 to win Game 1 as they seek a third successive Championship and the Raptors are 1.85 to open the series with a win.

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