Durant officially listed as questionable for Game 5

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Durant officially listed as questionable for Game 5

The Golden State Warriors on Sunday listed All Star Kevin Durant as questionable for their must-win Game Five of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.

He was cleared by the Warriors' medical staff after Game 4 of the NBA Finals and practiced with the team on Sunday for the first time since his injury.

The two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP has not played since May 8, when he suffered a right calf strain in Game 5 of the second round series against the Houston Rockets.

The Warriors trail the Toronto Raptors 3-1 ahead of Monday's game in Canada, where the home team can become the first to bring the championship north of the border.

Curry's matter-of-fact focus on the next game contrasted with head coach Steve Kerr's insistence on thinking long term, but both approaches express a near certainty that the injury-riddled Warriors can solve the Raptors on Monday.

"Yeah", Kerr said. "Because what he's going to do today he hasn't done". "We've been doing it, we've proven that we can do it".

We wrote about a report that angst was mounting in the Warriors' locker room earlier today. Despite the Warriors having a wealth of players who have playoff experience, some of their younger core do not. When Durant was on the court this postseason, the Warriors averaged 1.18 points per possession - which would have ranked No. 1 in the National Basketball Association regular season.

"I feel for Kevin", Warriors guard Klay Thompson told ESPN. "Especially when your team is playing for a championship. 'We'll see where it goes".

He's been a difference maker in just about every game.

Thompson said he does not think it will be hard to integrate Durant back into the offense, even after he's missed so much time. You just got to play through them - not play through them, but manage the injury.

The Golden State Warriors set the bar for national anthem performances pretty high last week when they invited Metallica to perform it.

Going into the series, the Warriors were 31-1 in games in which Stephen Curry had played and Durant had not.

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