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Warriors star Kevin Durant won't play in NBA Finals opener

AFP-JIJI

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant will not play in the opening game of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday because of a calf injury, coach Steve Kerr reiterated on Monday.

Durant injured his right calf on May 8 in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets.

“KD’s not playing Game 1,” Kerr said after Monday’s practice. “I think we already announced that, and we’ll see where it goes from here. This is where the fact that there’s a lot of days in between games during the finals helps us, so we’ll see.”

Kerr said it has yet to be determined whether Durant would travel with the Warriors to Toronto when the team charter leaves Tuesday.

He said that Durant has been working out on his own but is not doing a full practice.

“He’s been out kinda shooting some shots, but I haven’t talked to (trainer) Rick (Celebrini) today, so I’m not exactly sure what he’s done today.”

Kerr also said that injured center DeMarcus Cousins (quadriceps) is listed as “questionable.”

Cousins tore the quad muscle in his left leg in Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 15. The injury did not require surgery.