THE Golden State Warriors’ Big Three could welcome back its reinforcement as early as Saturday in Oakland (Sunday, Manila time).
Last week the Warriors said Kevin Durant can be expected to see action in the final three games of the regular season, and on Monday reports said the former MVP could suit up and play against the New Orleans Pelicans.
The final two regular season games are also at home against the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Coach Steve Kerr said last week he will start Durant when he returns, but the minutes will depend on recommendations of the medical staff.
“We'll see what the training staff says,” ESPN quoted Kerr as saying.
“I'm not too worried about incorporating him because he's been with us all season and fit right in from the beginning. So whenever he gets back, we'll plug him back in there and watch his minutes.”
It will be a week since Durant first played halfcourt 5 on 5 with the Warriors and 39 days since sustaining MCL sprain and bruised tibia.
Including the defeat to the Wizards on that day, the Warriors lost only five games without Durant, and the core of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green has led the squad to 11 straight wins.