- Warriors announce Durant's absence from the finals
The Warriors officially announced today that Kevin Durant will miss the first game of the season's finals, while DeMarcus Cousins is in a state of doubt. The finals will start on Thursday, and the Raptors have the home advantage of the series.
Durant has been officially excluded from the first game of the Finals. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said today that they have not decided whether to let Durant go to Toronto with the team. "We will look at the direction of things," Cole said. "This is how many days before the finals, which is actually helpful to us. So we will take a look."
Durant was injured in the second round of the playoffs and the fifth game of the Rockets series. He has been recovering since then, but Cole said that Durant is still not allowed to work with his teammates. Any course training.
In this season's playoffs, Durant averaged 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.2 steals and 1 blocked shot in 39.1 minutes per game. He shot 51.3 percent from the field and scored 3 points. The ball hit rate is 41.6%. However, the Warriors continued to triumph without Durant. In the five games he missed, the Warriors won the victory, including sweeping the Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals. Therefore, the outside world has discussed whether the Warriors need Durant?
It is undeniable that Durant is very important to the Warriors, but in the five games he missed, Stephen Curry retrieved the former MVP level - 30+ on the field and 35.8 per game. Points, 7.6 rebounds and 6.6 assists, shooting 46.6% from the field and 41.7% from three-pointers, including three points in the fourth game of the Western Conference finals with 37 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. which performed.
Cole also said that Cousins' injury still has not healed. Although his recovery has made great progress, the big man often takes longer to find the rhythm when recovering from injury. "If this is the regular season, it is very simple, let him go back to the starting lineup, give him a few minutes of playing time, let him find his own state and find his own rhythm." Cole said, "That is very Simple, but now we are going to play the first game of the finals."
In any case, Cousins hopes to come back as soon as possible. "I think people know what I can do," Cousins said. "I just want to stay healthy. Of course, I want to help the team on the court and play the game I like to play, but I also want to stay healthy. So this is An opportunity, I hope I can do it."