OAKLAND -- Kevin Durant hates to acknowledge injury, which is why he said he was OK Sunday despite being examined by a member of the Warriors training staff in the third quarter of Game 1 against Portland.
“I’m cool,” Durant said when asked about it after a 121-109 Warriors victory.
Durant is not so “cool” after all, as the Warriors announced the 6-foot-9 forward missed practice Tuesday because of a left calf strain and is questionable for Game 2 on Wednesday.
Backup guard Shaun Livingston also is listed as questionable, with a hand contusion and sprain of his right index finger. Reserve forward Matt Barnes, who missed Game 1 with a right ankle/foot sprain, also is listed as questionable.
As for the concern level regarding Durant, the only starter on the injury list, well, there is one.
“If he didn’t practice,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, “there’s concern.”
Durant played well and showed no ill effects while scoring eight fourth-quarter points on 4-of-5 shooting despite appearing to run gingerly at times.
Kerr indicated that he didn’t think this was a serious injury but was reluctant to issue a timetable for such a sensitive injury.