Du­rant cleared to re­sume full prac­tice af­ter knee in­jury

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OAK­LAND, CALIF. | Kevin Du­rant has been med­i­cally cleared to re­sume full prac­tice be­gin­ning Fri­day and is sched­uled to play in Satur­day’s home game against New Or­leans if he ex­pe­ri­ences no set­backs.

Coach Steve Kerr had been op­ti­mistic of KD’s re­turn from a left knee in­jury be­fore the end of the reg­u­lar sea­son, and he will join a War­riors team rid­ing a 13-game win­ning streak and that just locked up the No. 1 seed in the West with the NBA’s best record for a third straight year.

The War­riors said Du­rant com­pleted sev­eral work­outs in re­cent days.

Golden State’s co-lead­ing scorer and top re­bounder, Du­rant was hurt Feb. 28 at Washington when Marcin Gor­tat pushed Zaza Pachu­lia and Golden State’s cen­ter fell into Du­rant, who has missed 19 games since with a Grade 2 MCL sprain and bruised tibia.

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