War­riors’ Du­rant to sit in Game 3 against Rap­tors

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - — Mark Me­d­ina, The Mer­cury News

OAK­LAND — Just like it has been for al­most the past month, the Golden State War­riors en­ter a piv­otal play­off game need­ing to an­swer this ques­tion.

Can they win with­out Kevin Du­rant? War­riors coach Steve Kerr said Du­rant will not play against the Toronto Rap­tors in Game 3 of the NBA Fi­nals to­day at Or­a­cle Arena, marking the eighth con­sec­u­tive game he will miss be­cause of a strained right calf. Du­rant also did not prac­tice on Tuesday, which Kerr con­sid­ers a re­quire­ment be­fore play­ing in a game.

What is the lat­est up­date? Kerr said that Du­rant is “ramp­ing up his ex­er­cise rou­tine and work­outs.” After at­tend­ing the team’s film ses­sion and re­ceiv­ing treat­ment on Tuesday morn­ing, Du­rant planned to train at the War­riors’ prac­tice fa­cil­ity. It is not clear if Du­rant has been cleared yet for any con­di­tion­ing drills. Du­rant has at least in­creased the in­ten­sity of his shoot­ing work­outs.

Du­rant would need to prac­tice with­out any re­stric­tions on Thurs­day in order for the War­riors to clear him to play in Game 4 on Fri­day at Or­a­cle Arena. If not, Du­rant would then need to prac­tice on Sun­day in Toronto be­fore a Game 5 on Mon­day.

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