The curious case of Kevin Durant and his right calf. Will he play or won't he play?
While the Warriors' star forward was upgraded Sunday to questionable for Game 5 against the Raptors in the NBA Finals, analyst Jay Williams gave Golden State fans plenty of reason for optimism Monday morning.
Williams, who had dinner with Durant last night, said on ESPN's "Get Up" that he "would be shocked" if Durant doesn't play Monday night in Toronto.
Perhaps no other media member is as close to Durant as Williams is. The former Duke star plays a prominent role on Durant's ESPN+ show "The Boardroom."
Durant has missed the Warriors' last nine games since straining his right calf on May 8 in the Western Conference semifinals. Golden State won six of those contests but has lost three in the Finals without their star.
Before his injury, Durant was averaging 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists in the playoffs this year, while shooting 51.3 percent from the field and 41.6 percent from 3-point range.
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While Williams would not give a definitive answer on Durant's playing status, he's certainly close with the two-time Finals MVP and did give a clear indication of KD's mindset with his Warriors on the brink of elimination.
Believe it or not, Warriors general manager Bob Myers was once the worst player on his basketball team. That was at UCLA, but in his defense, he was one of the stand-outs in high school.
He was a star for the Monte Vista Mustangs and was recently part of the first Athletic Hall of Fame class.
Before the dinner honoring the group of inductees, he told his kids that he was being honored for being a good player, and they poked fun at him as they were confused about him being referred to as a talented athlete.
"But I'm in man, I got in -- they can't take it away," Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area's Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike during Friday's Warriors-Lakers telecast.
His former school honored him with a plaque that he's sporting on his dashboard. He also got a license plate frame.
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Fitzgerald said he will be calling Myers "Hall of Famer" for the rest of the year.
Suppose that means it was worth it.
Marquese Chriss hasn't wasted any time adjusting to the Warriors after being acquired in October.
"He's done a nice job, he's played in the five -- I don't think he's played a ton of five, screen-setting, just the littlest things," general manager Bob Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area's Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike during Friday's Warriors-Lakers telecast. "Changing his angle on the screens, he's learned to play off these guys."
"Sometimes you need a bit of a wakeup call to just start doing the little things."
The little things the big man has been working on stretch beyond his playing ability. Young Chriss, at just 22 years old, has already been on four teams in three years if you include the Dubs.
When he was brought in, he was viewed as someone to not only make an impact now but down the line.
The team hadn't had a high draft pick in several years and to get someone of his age and caliber is the perfect addition to the roster as Kerr explained after acquiring Chriss.
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Chriss looks forward to making a comeback after being plagued with a history of injuries. And the Warriors appear to be happy with the gamble they took. But time will tell.