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.