Once again, the expected has become a reality.
Kevin Durant (right calf strain) hasn't played since Game 5 of the Warriors' second-round NBA playoff series with the Rockets and missed the Dubs' Game 1 loss to the Raptors in the NBA Finals.
While KD did travel with the team to Toronto, it was always unlikely he would play in Game 2.
On Friday, head coach Steve Kerr confirmed Durant would not play Sunday in Game 2.
Steve Kerr says KD will not play in game two. That's not surprising. The rest is wait and see. Kerr explained calf injuries are tricky and KD is, at this time, not ready to play.— Kerith Burke (@KerithBurke) May 31, 2019
"The thinking is when he can play, he'll play," Kerr told reporters in Toronto on Friday. "It's not like, you know, this is a sore ankle or his knee is sore or whatever and he can play through it. This is a tricky one. If you reinjure the calf then that's it, he's done for the series."
The Warriors desperately missed Durant's offensive game in Thursday's 118-109 loss to the Raptors at Scotiabank Arena.
Kerr told the media that Durant traveled to Toronto be close to the team and medical staff, not because he is close to playing.
Kerr added KD came on the road for games 1 and 2 to be where the training staff is, and to be with his teammates. Pretty simple.— Kerith Burke (@KerithBurke) May 31, 2019
The Warriors didn't miss a beat during the Western Conference finals without Durant, but the Raptors pose a much bigger challenge.
Their athletic defense bothered the Warriors throughout Game 1. While Steph Curry dropped 34 in the loss, Golden State's other players struggled greatly, and the Dubs clearly missed having the ability to throw the ball to Durant and have him get them a bucket when everything breaks down.
The Warriors will need to buckle down in Sunday's Game 2 or else they risk heading back to Oakland in a two-games-to-none series hole that will be hard to climb out of with or without Durant.