Kevin Durant to miss remainder of Rockets series with mild calf strain
- Author: Lawrence Cooper May 11, 2019,
May 11, 2019, 1:00
The Swiss-born 24-year-old told reporters that he wanted to face the Golden State Warriors (who defeated the Rockets in seven games during the Western Conference Finals last season) because you need to beat the champions to be the champs.
Kerr said the coaching staff would use time on the flight to Texas on Thursday to reconfigure the rotation with the idea Durant might have to sit out Game 6.
The Warriors took a 3-2 lead in the second-round series vs. the Rockets as the series moves to Houston for Game 6.
Durant will miss the rest of the Rockets series with a strained calf. And, the Rockets are trying to match that pace that KD and the Warriors were playing with through the first five games of the series.
Durant's status for Friday's Game 6 contest in Houston will be determined after he undergoes an MRI on Thursday. See the table below.
Eric Gordon's layup with 40.6 seconds remaining gave the Rockets their first lead since the early minutes. But his numbers this series in the opening stanza represent a significant dropoff.
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The Warriors will need Thompson to build on what he did in Game 5 after he shook off a couple of tough games to make 5 of 10 3-pointers and lead the team with 27 points.
Something that likely changes in Game 6 is the Warriors willingness to launch from deep.
Durant limped to the locker room after landing awkwardly on his right foot following a baseline jumper with 2:11 left in the third quarter of Wednesday's 104-99 victory at Oracle Arena. That speaks a bit to the point Capela made in that if you do not defeat the winners, they hold the championship pedigree to make another run.
Golden State almost gave it away with an bad third quarter, when the Warriors managed just 15 points and committed six turnovers. Though one constant in each game in this series is the final margin has been close. Houston is 5-0 at home this postseason. Iguodala will see more time guarding Harden, who scored a game-high 31 points before going quiet down the stretch, and will be called upon as a secondary distributor more often.
Kevin Durant is one of the most dominant players in the National Basketball Association at the moment and really couldn't be stopped in the first two rounds of the playoffs with the Warriors.