OAKLAND, Calif. — Star forward Kevin Durant will miss Game 2 of Western Conference first-round playoff series between Golden State and Portland with a strained left calf, Warriors coach Steve Kerr announced at his pregame press conference Wednesday night.
Up 1-0 in the best-of-seven matchup, the Warriors also prepared to go into their second of two consecutive series-opening home games without key reserve Shaun Livingston, who sprained his right index finger in Sunday’s Game 1 win.
Durant suffered the injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s 121-109 win but was able to continue playing. He finished with a team-high 32 points in 36 minutes.
Kerr labeled the injury not serious but noted that Durant would be re-examined before a decision on a possible return for Game 3 on Saturday in Portland would be made.
The first-year Warrior sat out 19 straight games late in the season with a sprained left knee. The injury are not considered to be related.
Speaking to the media close to two hours before game time, Kerr would not divulge who would start in Durant’s place.