Kevin Durant did not suit up for the Warriors' last three games.
But he is expected to return to action tonight against the Clippers.
If he plays and scores 25 points, he will reach 20,000 career points.
He did not expect to be in this position.
"I had one goal when I came into the league, and that was for me to win Rookie of the Year, and I just kept building after that," Durant told ESPN's Chris Haynes. "My second year, I wanted to average 25. Every year I had a goal, but I never envisioned me with 20,000 points, 30,000 points.
"I was just taking it a day at a time, just trying to lock in, stay in the moment, and here I am."
In 2007-08, Durant averaged 20.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.
He was named Rookie of the Year.
In Year 2, he reached his next goal by averaging 25.3 points per game.
Since then, Durant's accomplishments include:
- 2017 NBA champion
- 2017 NBA Finals MVP
- 2013-14 NBA MVP
- 1st-Team All NBA 5x
- 2nd-Team All NBA 2x
- All-Star 8x
- NBA scoring champion 4x
- Gold medalist 2x
Not too shabby.
"It's always been about just playing for the love, playing because I just enjoy it and it makes me happy," Durant told ESPN. "Anything in between, it's just extra to be honest. I'm just thankful for it all."
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller