The Warriors look likely to have Kevin Durant available on Christmas Day after he played down the severity of an ankle injury.
Warriors star Kevin Durant appears set to face the Lakers on Christmas Day after insisting an ankle injury he sustained on Sunday is not problematic.
Durant rolled his left ankle in the first quarter of his team’s dramatic 129-127 victory over the Clippers, but was nevertheless able to play a huge role in his side’s success — contributing 35 points and 12 rebounds.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he did not think Durant’s injury was “anything serious” and the 30-year-old confirmed as much in a postgame news conference.
Asked how his ankle was holding up, Durant simply replied: “Good. I’m good.”
Golden State’s latest win — against opponents who poured in 18 three-pointers — was secured in the final second of the fourth quarter, courtesy of a basket from Stephen Curry that gave him 42 points for the evening.
“There wasn’t any hesitation on that play — it’s just knowing what you want to do and trying to execute,” said Curry, who also hailed the role of Draymond Green in his game-winning score.
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Earlier in the contest, Curry was involved in a brief altercation with Patrick Beverley, which saw the Clippers guard react angrily to his opponent celebrating an offensive rebound with a “flexing” celebration.
Both players received technicals as a result, but Curry insisted he was not looking to antagonize Beverley.
“He [the referee] said I flexed at Patrick, which was a misinterpretation of what I was doing,” Curry said. “I flex as a joke all the time. Obviously I have nothing really to work with.”
Curry continued: “I was looking at the ground and kind of celebrating an offensive rebound, which I rarely get. He just happened to be standing there and had a reaction to it. I told Pat, ‘you got to do what you got to do if you felt that was directed at you, but it wasn’t.'”
Asked what Beverley had said to him during their row, a grinning Curry replied: Nothing. Good try, though.”