Warriors' Kevin Durant (calf) cleared to practice

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Warriors' Kevin Durant (calf) cleared to practice

Durant has not played since injuring his right calf on May 8 in the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets.

Tired, wounded and facing a daunting 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors are in desperate need of a boost.

Head coach Steve Kerr just provided an update that could give Warriors fans some hope of seeing him again in the NBA Finals.

Kerr acknowledged being more hopeful about Durant's condition given the extra work he was scheduled for on Sunday afternoon.

A report from The Athletic's Sam Amick suggests that confusion and angst have begun to mount in the Golden State Warriors' locker room given the uncertain status of star teammate Kevin Durant.

Durant averaged 26 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game in the regular season. It also marked its second consecutive victory over Golden State - both road games at Oracle Arena. For the most part, Durant hadn't even looked close to coming back this postseason. Kerr has had to rely on backup forwards Alfonzo McKinnie and Jonas Jerebko, who have been badly overmatched against the Raptors.

"He will be very welcome, I'll say that much", Thompson said. "He's been in plenty of Finals and has played well".

The Warriors were able to advance without him - upsetting Houston on the road in Game 6 and sweeping Portland - but have struggled against Toronto which now holds a 3-1 series advantage and is on the brink of their first National Basketball Association title. No matter what percentage he's at, I'm sure he'll be impactful and effective out there.

While Toronto has been the healthier, steadier and more impressive team throughout this series, Thompson allowed himself to dream about the possibility of a Durant-led comeback.

"But it doesn't guarantee us a win just because we have our best player back". "I know what type of competitor he is".

"I feel for Kevin", Thompson said. "I think it's pretty easy to realize we obviously miss him out there, and he's propelled us to two championships in the last two years". "We are just trying to find patterns that can help everybody who is out on the floor ..."

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