Warriors star Kevin Durant cleared to rejoin full practice, eyes return to action vs Pelicans
Kevin Durant will be back in the Warriors roster after being sidelined since February 28. AP

IT keeps getting better and better for the NBA’s best team.

The Golden State Warriors on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) announced that barring any unforeseen setbacks, star Kevin Durant will return to the starting lineup on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time) against the New Orleans Pelicans.

The 6-9 forward was cleared by the team’s medical and athletic staffs to take part in multiple workout sessions in the past few days that has included scrimmages and full-team practices.  If things go as scheduled, Durant is expected to see action in Saturday’s game against the Pelicans at Oracle Arena.

The Dubs’ leading scorer (25.3 points per game) and rebounder (8.2 rpg), Durant was placed on the injured list after hurting his knee in a game against the Washington Wizards on February 28.  

With Durant sidelined, Golden State would lose four of their next six matches but has recovered nicely by winning their next 13 games en route to an NBA-best 65-14 record and securing home court advantage throughout the NBA Playoffs.

The Warriors plan is for Durant to see action in their remaining three regular season games, against the Pelicans, Jazz and Lakers, to prepare him for the postseason, which starts on April 15.

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