Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant walked onto the court an hour before tipoff of Game 5 against the Toronto Raptors on Monday night. He was preparing to do his pregame workout ritual. It was the first time in over a month — since sustaining a right calf injury in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals — that the 10-time All-Star worked out in a public setting.
Three games into the 2019 NBA Finals, the two biggest factors in the series are the Golden State Warriors' injuries and the Toronto Raptors' shooting. While the Warriors are trying to win their third straight title with a depleted group of banged-up superstars, the Raptors' shooting numbers have toggled between incredible and awful.
Three defensive-minded NBA teams have tried and failed to stop Kawhi Leonard. Now that he has carried the Raptors to the Finals, Toronto's unquestioned star has become the Warriors' problem.
It seems like a time so far away, but there was once a Kevin Durant-less Golden State Warriors team that had the NBA at its mercy. No one pitied that team for not having Durant, one of the most lethal scorers in the history of basketball. It already had Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and enough supporting talent to never give opponents a breather. It won a championship, went 73-9 the next season, then lost the Finals due to a performance from LeBron James that the former Cavaliers star himself used to justify his claim as the best player in the history of basketball.
Kevin Durant left Wednesday’s Game between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets with what appeared to be a non-contact leg injury. The Warriors announced in the fourth quarter that Durant had suffered a right calf strain and would not return to the game.
Patrick Beverley has been impressed by Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant. Beverley spent large stretches of time guarding Durant during the Los Angeles Clippers' opening-round matchup with the Warriors, a series Golden State ultimately ended up winning in six games. Durant has had an impressive postseason run and Beverley praised him during an interview with NBA TV on Monday.
Early in the season, the Warriors were reportedly chill about the possibility of Kevin Durant leaving for the Knicks. But that was before he got into a heated argument with Draymond Green, said Golden State was passing too much, lashed out at the media and pointedly disagreed with Steve Kerr for suddenly call on the team to play angrier after long preaching playing with joy.
The LeBron James era is in full effect, but contrary to those who thought players would flock to him in a big market like the Los Angeles Lakers provides, he wound up with myriad misfits as role players — something that has greatly slowed his rise as a powerhouse in the Western Conference. Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, who played the part of grim reaper in James’ last two NBA Finals appearances, notes that players have ultimately taken notice of the risk/reward factor in playing alongside a megastar of his caliber:
Golden State faced its hardest road to a title yet, and expensive roster decisions are coming up. But the rest of the league will face bigger concerns trying to topple this team.
Kevin Durant captured the NBA Finals MVP award for the second consecutive year, beating Stephen Curry.
The Basketball Hall of Fame doesn't have many players like Green. Kevin Pelton looks at the case for and against the Warriors' power forward.
You've feared them. You've been in awe of them. Now we break down the Warriors' video-game third quarters, when all opponents can do is pray for a merciful end.
While his fellow All-Stars struggled, Kevin Durant thrived on the road with a dominant performance to lead the Warriors to a commanding 3-0 NBA Finals lead.
Stephen Curry broke Ray Allen's NBA Finals record with nine 3-pointers as the Warriors led wire-to-wire in an easy Game 2 win over the Cavs.
The Golden State Warriors didn’t add Kevin Durant with your feelings in mind. Basketball fans can lament all that they want about how Durant’s presence is unfair on what already was a great team, but that was the plan. The Warriors wanted to be unflappable at times when they appeared vulnerable; to not miss a beat if Stephen Curry was unavailable or physically compromised; to limit their opponent’s margin for error to zero. They wanted to be able to walk into a visiting arena, in the first game of a playoff series against a team that has had its sights fixated on them all season — and watch Durant burn down the whole place with flamethrower turnaround jumper after flamethrower pull-up jumper.
The series the NBA world has been waiting for from the moment Chris Paul requested a trade last summer that sent him to the Houston Rockets to join forces with James Harden has arrived. It's the Rockets vs. the four-time Western Conference and two-time NBA champion Golden State Warriors for West supremacy.
With all other contenders dispatched, the Warriors and Rockets finally meet in what some thought was inevitable -- a matchup between the regular season's top two teams in the Western Conference for a spot in the NBA Finals.
Golden State Warriors guard Patrick McCaw was taken away on a stretcher after he fell hard to the floor following a foul by Sacramento's Vince Carter during a 112-96 Golden State win Saturday night. Preliminary tests show McCaw has no structural damage or problems with his nervous system following the fall. He is expected to be released from the hospital on Sunday. Golden State announced that X-rays, a CT scan and an MRI "were all clear." McCaw is scheduled to be re-examined by a specialist on Thursday and his injury - aside from anything related to the impact of the fall - will be listed as a bruised lumbar spine.
The Warriors and the NBA are still coping with the news involving Steph Curry, who’s scheduled to miss at least three weeks after suffering a knee sprain; that’s what the latest diagnosis from the Warriors tell us. But of course the injury scare goes a bit deeper. If the Warriors or their fans believe in omens, this doesn’t bode well for the postseason. Curry has had ankle and now knee issues and he hasn’t been the only Warriors player dealing with pain this season.
In his first game back since missing six contests because of a right ankle injury, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry left late in the third quarter of Friday night's 106-94 win over the Atlanta Hawks because of a knee injury and did not return. The Warriors said Curry suffered an MCL sprain in his left knee and would undergo an MRI on Saturday. The incident occurred when teammate JaVale McGee elevated for a block attempt and ended up falling on the left leg of Curry. The two-time NBA MVP immediately began hopping and then limping in pain.