Durant to miss Games 3, 4 of Western Conference finals

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May 17, 2019 - 5:07 PM

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant slams home two points late in the fourth quarter over Los Angeles Clippers guard Landry Shamet in game four of the first round of the NBA Western Conference Playoffs on April 21, 2019 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Warriors star Kevin Durant will miss the upcoming Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference finals in Portland as he continues to recover from a strained right calf, and the timing of his next examination by doctors likely means he would not return until the NBA Finals if Golden State advances.

Durant was re-evaluated Thursday before Golden State’s 114-111 Game 2 win in of the best-of-seven series with the Trail Blazers that put the Warriors up 2-0. Durant is not ready for on-court work — a necessary step before the two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP can return to game action. He will be re-examined in another week.

The Warriors said Durant “has shown good progress since beginning his rehabilitation program one week ago. At this point, Durant is not ready to advance to on-court work.”

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