Kevin Durant will not play in Warriors-Rockets because of ankle injury

Kevin Durant will not play in Warriors-Rockets because of ankle injury

A marquee player again will miss the Warriors-Rockets game.

Warriors forward Kevin Durant didn't practice Tuesday in Houston, and he has been ruled out for the Wednesday prime-time game because of a right ankle sprain.

There was a bit of good news, though, as Durant got up some shots after the session.

Durant suffered the injury midway through the fourth quarter of Sunday's home loss to the Phoenix Suns.

The Rockets have won the first three meetings with the Warriors this season. In the first, Steph Curry didn't play because of an injury. Chris Paul missed the second game, and James Harden sat out the third matchup on Feb. 23.

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This will be the second game Durant has missed this season. In the previous one -- Feb. 28 against the Orlando Magic -- Alfonzo McKinnie started in Durant's place.

The Warriors are holding on to the top seed in the Western Conference, but the Rockets are making a strong push. They enter Wednesday's matchup just 3.5 games behind the Warriors and two games behind the Denver Nuggets for the second seed. Durant's absence could see the Rockets close the gap on the defending NBA champs.

Kevin Durant responds to Chris Broussard's 'worst nightmare' take

Kevin Durant responds to Chris Broussard's 'worst nightmare' take

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Monday afternoon at 4:30, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

So here's what happened:

On Monday morning, Chris Broussard of Fox Sports tweeted the following:

About five minutes later, Kevin Durant responded:

And then he responded to somebody else's response:

On Friday, here is what Broussard said on his radio show:

"Right now, Kevin Durant's worst nightmare is coming to pass. We'll see if it continues. They may lose to Portland for all we know ... or they may lose to Milwaukee in the NBA Finals, or Toronto if they get there.

"Doubt it. I'm picking Golden State to go all the way with or without Kevin Durant. But here's why it's his worst nightmare. I'm sure that on a certain level, Kevin Durant is pulling for Golden State to win every single game. I really believe that. But he's a human being.

"And as much as I love you Jonas, if I was off for three weeks for whatever reason and you filled in and the show just took off, and callers were calling in (saying), 'Jonas, it's better with you! We don't need Chris. You and Rob, it should be you guys!' That would hurt.

"I want you to do well. But I don't want you to do better without me. I want to be missed. I want to be needed. And that's because I'm a human being. And so is Kevin Durant.

"When you see the Golden State Warriors go out there -- they're more fun to watch. Steph Curry and Draymond Green are playing their best basketball of the year ... and now people are wondering if they even need KD.

"If people were already belittling the two championships that Kevin Durant has won with Golden State, what in the world do you think they're gonna think of those two championships if the Golden State Warriors win it all without him?"

If you bet $20,000 on Andre Iguodala weighing in on Twitter, today is your lucky day.

The 2015 NBA Finals MVP responded in a NSFW manner, so check it out right here:

Fortunately, the reigning two-time NBA Finals MVP is expected to return to game action should the Warriors get past the Trail Blazers and advance to the NBA Finals (which is the expectation at this point because the Dubs lead the series 3-0 and no team has ever blown a three-games-to-none advantage.

Unfortunately, people are going to speculate and offer hot takes no matter what happens in June. For instance, If KD does suit up for every game against either the Bucks or Raptors (and once again, this is only if Golden State closes out Portland) and the Warriors don't win the championship, you better believe some people will say: "The Warriors would have won the title if Durant didn't play."

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Wait. Did we just speculate about potential speculation?

It's officially time to stop writing this article.

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Andre Iguodala offers hilarious Steph Curry-Draymond Green comparison

Andre Iguodala offers hilarious Steph Curry-Draymond Green comparison

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Monday afternoon at 4:30, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Andre Iguodala didn't have a memorable Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against the Trail Blazers when it comes to on-court production.

He recorded two points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal in about 18 minutes of playing time, and left early because of a lower leg issue.

But he did do this:

And he also provided an incredible quote after Golden State's win when talking about the greatness of Steph Curry and Draymond Green.

Marcus Thompson of The Athletic has the details:

“They’re Brady and Gronk,” Andre Iguodala said of Curry and Green after the game. “The black version.”

Both Green and Curry laughed when hearing Iguodala’s comparison. Curry had a question.

“Wait,” he asked. “Who’s who?”

Good question, Steph.

Curry and Draymond have won three championships together and are hoping to capture a fourth NBA title next month.

Brady and Gronkowski won three Super Bowl titles as teammates, but can't win another Lombardi Trophy unless Gronk decides to unretire.

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As for the Warriors' incredible pair, Green described it best.

"Our skill sets complement each other well and we use each other,” Draymond said. “We have a chemistry amongst us that’s unlike many we’ve seen, ever in history. We don’t come from similar backgrounds. We’re different in many ways.

"Where we are the same, though, is we both want to win, we both do whatever to win, we’re both extremely competitive and we’re unselfish. When you add all those things together, those are ingredients for success.”

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