PORTLAND — Star forward Kevin Durant will return to the Warriors’ lineup for Monday night’s Game 4 in Portland. He will start and will not be on a minutes restriction.
After missing two games with a strained calf, Durant has recovered to the point the Warriors feel comfortable putting him in game action. He went through a full practice this past Friday and all of shootaround on Monday morning.
“It was simple really,” Brown said. “Our training staff cleared him to play and if anybody can play, we’re going to play him. That’s really what the process was.”
Durant nearly played in Game 3, but the team decided to proceed cautiously with the injury, resting that calf another couple days.
“Kev is a tough guy, tough-minded guy,” Brown said. “But our training staff didn’t clear him until tonight.”
But, while the big name is back in the lineup, a pair of key pieces remain out. Shaun Livingston, nursing a hand contusion, and Matt Barnes, still fighting back from a foot sprain, will not play in Game 4.
If the Warriors win and sweep, they will get either five or seven days off before the start of their next series, depending on whether the Jazz and Clippers go six or seven games.
Mike Brown on Durant’s return: “Simple really. Our training staff cleared him to play and if anybody can play, we’re going to play them.” pic.twitter.com/wu5PJ9iviw
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) April 25, 2017