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Kevin Durant won't travel with Warriors, will be re-evaluated in one week

Kevin Durant won't travel with Warriors, will be re-evaluated in one week

The Warriors will be without superstar Kevin Durant not only for Thursday's Game 2, but also Games 3 and 4 in Portland. 

Warriors general manager Bob Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area's Greg Papa on "SNC: Warriors Playoff Central" that Durant will stay in Oakland and rehab with Warriors trainer Rick Celebrini while the rest of the team battles the Blazers at Moda Center on Saturday and Monday.

The Warriors issued a statement as Game 2 was getting underway, saying that Durant "has shown good progress" but "is not ready to advance to on-court work." Durant will be re-evaluated in one week. 

A league source told NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole that Durant likely will miss the entirety of the Western Conference finals, and Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters after the game that KD's injury is "a little more serious than we thought at the very beginning."

Durant originally strained his right calf late in the third quarter of Game 5 against the Rockets in the second round of the NBA playoffs on May 8. Since then, the Warriors have not missed a beat. Golden State held on to defeat Houston in Game 5 without KD, before eliminating the Rockets in Game 6 and taking down the Blazers in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

[RELATED: Seth Curry explains why Warriors are harder to guard without KD]

In Durant's absence, Steph Curry has risen to the occasion, averaging 34.5 points in the two games without his fellow MVP teammate. The Warriors will continue to rely on Curry even more as they continue their march towards a third straight championship.

Is Jordan Poole-Zendaya date happening? Warriors rookie says he's trying

Is Jordan Poole-Zendaya date happening? Warriors rookie says he's trying

Jordan Poole isn't about to give up on his dream date.

The Warriors rookie shot his shot five days ago, and now he's going to try to get that date with actress-singer Zendaya.

"We're about to see," Poole told NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock on Saturday at the House of Highlights camp in Hayward.

Earlier this week, Klay Thompson's girlfriend, Laura Harrier, posted cute Instagram photos of the couple in London. Zendaya, who is from Oakland, commented on the post.

That's when Poole slid into the comments and tried to score a date with Zendaya.

Poole's daring ask definitely caught everyone's attention, though it didn't draw a response from Zendaya.

Poole spent a good portion of the week with Klay in Newport Beach at the Thompson Family Foundation Golf Tournament, but he didn't consult with the All-Star shooting guard on trying to set up a double date.

"Nah, it was a freestyle," Poole said.

[RELATED: Poole, Paschall itching to start season]

If Poole knows how he'll lock down the date, he's not divulging details. He played coy when asked for his plan.

"We'll see," Poole said. "We'll find out."

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Klay Thompson proclaims Warriors' championship dynasty 'far from over'

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Klay Thompson proclaims Warriors' championship dynasty 'far from over'

All the national pundits and talking heads have danced on the grave of the Warriors' dynasty.

With Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston gone, and Klay Thompson out for a large portion of the upcoming season after ACL surgery, most believe the Warriors' reign of dominance is over.

But Thompson isn't listening to the noise. The Warriors might be down, but they aren't out.

"The dynasty ain't over," Klay said Friday during the second annual Thompson Family Foundation golf tournament in Newport Beach, Calif. "It's far from over."

After five season atop the NBA mountain, the Warriors no longer are the favorites to win the title, and they will look vastly different this season.

At the beginning of the season, Steph Curry and Draymond Green will be flanked by newcomers D'Angelo Russell and Willie Cauley-Stein. Instead of Durant at the starting small forward spot, Warriors coach Steve Kerr might go with Alfonzo McKinnie.

Super Death Lineup this is not.

Making matters tougher for the Warriors is the improvement of other teams in the Western Conference. The Clippers, Lakers, Jazz and Rockets all made blockbuster moves over the summer, while the Nuggets and Blazers return teams that were top-four playoff seeds in the West last season.

But once Thompson returns in February or March, the Warriors will be able to close games with a lineup of Curry, Thompson, Russell, Green and Kevon Looney, who signed a three-year contract in the offseason.

[RELATED: Eight things Warriors need to do to make playoffs]

As Green said last week, no one will want to face the Warriors in the playoffs. That will be especially true if Thompson is 100 percent in April.

Durant isn't around anymore, but the dynasty isn't dead until Curry, Thompson and Green say it is.