NBA rumors: Kevin Durant's pre-Finals Game 4 workout didn't go well

NBA rumors: Kevin Durant's pre-Finals Game 4 workout didn't go well

Jalen Rose played 13 seasons in the NBA for six different teams. Now an ESPN analyst, he has little birdies around the league, a la Varys, and has been known to break a story now and then.

On Friday's NBA Countdown pregame show ahead of Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Rose revealed some information about Kevin Durant's recent workout, which apparently has altered Rose's opinion as to the likelihood of Durant's return to the Warriors in the best-of-seven series against the Raptors.

"I'm really familiar with the setup, workout that KD had yesterday with the team," Rose said, "and I'm going to tell you guys, it didn't go well on any level. It did not go well on any level. I'm just going to keep it at that."

"I went from being a guy that thinks that he may come back later in the series," Rose added. "Now I feel like he might not come back at all."

Durant's potential return looms over the series, although the Warriors did receive a significant boost for Game 4 with both Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney returning to the lineup. They'd certainly love to have Durant in tow for Game 5 in Toronto, and would greatly benefit if he's able to return at some point in the series at all.

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But based on the latest word from Rose, that's sounding less and less likely.

Mounting injuries big blow to Warriors' development of youthful core

Mounting injuries big blow to Warriors' development of youthful core

SAN FRANCISCO -- In the waning moments of Golden State's latest loss Friday evening, the team's bench looked more like the front row of a fashion show than a functioning NBA roster. 

Toward the end of the bench, All-Star guard Stephen Curry sat in a black suit jacket covering a massive cast protecting his broken left hand. To Curry's left, Kevon Looney sat in a gray suit, as his immediate future is in peril as he continues to find answers to an injured hamstring. 

The visual has become a trend over the last month.

Over the stretch, 11 players have been sidelined with injuries, crippling a roster armed with an outside shot of making the postseason on opening night.

Golden State's latest blow came Saturday morning when an MRI confirmed guard D'Angelo Russell had suffered a sprained thumb, sidelining him at least two weeks. The news comes as the Warriors are in roster transition, marked by its youthful core. With the latest injury news, the younger player's development continues to come at a price. 

When rookies Jordan Poole and Eric Paschall were drafted, the expectation was that the two players would be brought along slowly, learning behind Golden State's battered all-star cast. While Paschall has flourished, the guard has struggled. Since Curry's injury, he's shooting just 29 percent from the field, making just five his last 28 shots over his last two games. 

On the eve of training camp, Warriors general manager Bob Myers announced Willie Cauley-Stein would miss most of October with a foot strain. Two days later, rookie Alen Smailagic rolled his ankle and Looney strained his hamstring in the same controlled scrimmage. 

Last month, Curry broke his hand, sidelining the guard until at least February. Two nights later, forward Draymond Green tore a ligament in his left index finger. On Monday, two-way guard Damion Lee fractured his hand, Entering Friday, the Warriors had allowed an average of more than 120 points per game, ranking last in defensive rating. 

Amid the injuries, Kerr trouted out his ninth starting lineup of the season, starting two-way guard Ky Bowman at point guard. For the moment, it worked. Midway through the third quarter, two-way guard Ky Bowman intercepted a pass, ran crosscourt and dunked over forward Grant Williams, cutting Boston's lead to 3. Two minutes later, forward Alec Burk stripped Celtics guard Brandon Wanamaker, setting up a fastbreak layup to give Golden State a brief 82-80 lead. 

Golden State's current reality is much different than its immediate past. After winning 78 percent of their games, the team now finds itself with a roster missing Kevin Durant to free agency, while Curry and Klay Thompson's rehabs are expected to last until at least February. 

Russell's injury is the latest blow at a peculiar time for the team. Over his last six games, the guard is averaging 29.7 points on 48 percent from the field, including a 52 point, nine-rebound performance against Minnesota. 

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Minutes after the final buzzer, the corridor leading to Golden State's locker room served as a reminder of the potential hopes lost. Curry's hand swelled out of his cast as he walked near a team official. In the locker room, Paschall sported an ice pack on his right-hand while Poole reconciled an ankle injury he said wouldn't affect him. 

As the Warriors packed for another road trip, potentially with just eight healthy bodies for the foreseeable future, another reminder that the team's development is coming at a grave price was evident. 

Warriors' D'Angelo Russell out at least two weeks with right thumb sprain


Warriors' D'Angelo Russell out at least two weeks with right thumb sprain

Add another one to the list.

After leaving Friday night’s loss to the Celtics with a thumb injury, an MRI has confirmed a right thumb sprain for All-Star guard D'Angelo Russell.

Russell will not travel with the team on the upcoming four-game road trip and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

Golden State’s already lengthy injury report adds another name, as the team now stands with just nine healthy players as the team embarks for New Orleans on Saturday to kick off the trip.