Kevin Durant’s return now is a real possibility.
The Golden State Warriors' star forward officially is a game-time decision for Monday night’s Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, Steve Kerr told reporters Monday morning from Toronto. Durant participated in shootaround Monday morning and the call on his status will be made before tip-off at 6:00 p.m. PT.
"He looked good, and we'll see where it goes," Kerr said. "You worry about the conditioning. The skill is obviously undeniable.
"He's a guy who can get his shot off anytime he wants. He's been in similar situations with us where he's had long layoffs. He's Kevin Durant. If we have him out there, he'll be a threat. We know that."
Durant practiced with the Warriors on Sunday for the first time since straining his right calf against the Rockets on May 8 in the Western Conference second-round playoff series. The Warriors have gone 6-3 in Durant's absence but find themselves in a three-games-to-one hole to Toronto in the Finals.
Prior to his injury, Durant was averaging 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists in the playoffs this year. The two-time NBA Finals MVP was shooting 51.3 percent from the field and 41.6 percent from 3-point range.
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“He will be very welcomed," Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson said Sunday to reporters. "He’s propelled us to two championships. It would be pretty storybook if he could do the same.”
Indeed he will, and possibly just one day away.
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.