The return dates for Durant and Cousins remain unknown, but the Warriors determined the could play at “some point” in the NBA Finals.
Don’t expect Kevin Durant or DeMarcus Cousins to be on the court for the start of the NBA Finals next week, but there appears to be a glimmer of good news for the Warriors.
Durant and Cousins were evaluated Thursday by the team’s medical staff and both are making progress, though they aren’t ready to play, according to a team release.
Kevin Durant & DeMarcus Cousins injury update: pic.twitter.com/nMyQG0yKDl
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) May 23, 2019
Golden State expressed optimism that both stars will return at “some point” in the NBA Finals, which begin May 30 and could run through June 16 if the series goes seven games.
The team’s statement added that Durant and Cousins will be re-evaluated Wednesday.
Durant has been dealing with a strained calf that caused him to miss Game 6 of the Warriors’ first-round series against the Clippers and the entire Western final series sweep against the Trail Blazers. Cousins has a torn quad in his left leg that he sustained in Game 2 of the Clippers series.
Neither has played since his respective injury.
Golden State will take on the winner of the Raptors-Bucks series looking to earn its third consecutive title and fourth in five years. The Warriors are making their fifth consecutive Finals appearance.
Durant, who signed with the Warriors before the 2016-17 season, has been named the Finals MVP the past two years.