Durant (calf) out Game 3 and Game 4

All-Star forward Kevin Durant, who has not played since May 8, will miss his third straight playoff game for the Golden State Warriors, as well as at least two to follow. Warriors President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Bob Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area that Durant would not travel to Portland for the next two games.

The team later confirmed in a release that while Durant has shown “good progress” he isn’t yet “ready to advance to on-court work.” They did note that DeMarcus Cousins (torn left quad; suffered April 15) had made that step, though he remains out of live action.

Durant has missed Golden State’s last two playoff games — Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals and Game 1 of the Western Conference finals — because of a right calf strain. The Warriors injury report confirms earlier reporting by Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes and Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle.

On Monday, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said people should “slow down” when estimating Durant’s return.

The Warriors flew past the Blazers in Game 1 of the West finals.

“He hasn’t even stepped on the floor yet,” Kerr said on Monday. “We’ve tried to remain somewhat vague because the injury is really sort of open-ended in terms of how long he’s going to need to recover. But I think in doing so, people have gotten the idea that he’s going to come back … be Willis Reed or something.

“He still has pain. So there’s time ahead of him on the rehab process,” Kerr continued. “We’ll have a more detailed update on Thursday.”

Overall, Durant is averaging 34.2 points on 51.3 percent shooting (41.6 percent on 3-pointers), 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game. 

An MRI exam last Thursday confirmed the Warriors’ initial diagnosis of Durant’s strained right calf. The Warriors closed out the West semifinals vs. Houston on Friday night, defeating the Rockets 118-113 in Game 6 behind a 33-point night from star guard Stephen Curry. Durant did not travel with the team for that game, remaining in the Bay Area to get treatment for his injury.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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“He hasn’t even stepped on the floor yet,” Kerr said on Monday. “We’ve tried to remain somewhat vague because the injury is really sort of open-ended in terms of how long he’s going to need to recover. But I think in doing so, people have gotten the idea that he’s going to come back … be Willis Reed or something.

“He still has pain. So there’s time ahead of him on the rehab process,” Kerr continued. “We’ll have a more detailed update on Thursday.”

Overall, Durant is averaging 34.2 points on 51.3 percent shooting (41.6 percent on 3-pointers), 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game. 

An MRI exam last Thursday confirmed the Warriors’ initial diagnosis of Durant’s strained right calf. The Warriors closed out the West semifinals vs. Houston on Friday night, defeating the Rockets 118-113 in Game 6 behind a 33-point night from star guard Stephen Curry. Durant did not travel with the team for that game, remaining in the Bay Area to get treatment for his injury.

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