By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Golden State Warriors may be getting a boost in Game 5. The Warriors season is on the line.
And one of their big stars — a Top 5 player in the Association — is returning. Kevin Durant has been cleared to play in the NBA Finals.
The Toronto Raptors presently have a 3-1 advantage in The Finals. The Warriors won in Game 2.
The Raptors will try to clinch the series on Monday night at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Warriors will attempt to win in Canada once again and send the series back to Oakland, California for Game 6.
Durant returns for the first time in a month after being injured in Game 5 against the Houston Rockets. While it looked like an Achilles, Golden State claimed it as a calf injury.
“It looked good and we’ll see where it all goes,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
With Durant back, the Warriors will be at full strength. Kevon Looney, though, is still nursing a broken collarbone.
Despite Looney’s injury, it’s going to be the Warriors best vs. the Raptors best for the first time this series.
“You worry about the conditioning … the skill obviously is undeniable and he’s a guy who can get his shot off any time he wants,” Kerr said. “He’s Kevin Durant. So, if we have him out there, he’ll be a threat, we know that.”
The Warriors were previously down 3-1 in a series. That was in 2016 against Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder team, before losing in Game 7.