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Warriors’ Kevin Durant out for Game 3 vs. Raptors

OAKLAND — Golden State star Kevin Durant will not play in Game 3 on Wednesday.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr announced the update at his news conference on Tuesday.

Durant, who hasn’t played since injuring his calf in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against Houston, is getting closer, but the Warriors have been patient and cautious with his return. He planned to get a workout in later Tuesday at the team’s practice facility, Kerr said.

Durant had been fantastic in the playoffs before the injury, averaging 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.9 rebounds and shooting 51.3% percent and 41.6% on three-pointers.

Golden State’s success without Durant in the lineup is well documented – Game 6 of the Houston series and the sweep against Portland in the conference finals is enough evidence.


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The Warriors are still talented enough to win without Durant. Steph Curry is an MVP, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are All-Stars and Andre Iguodala is a Finals MVP who made the victory-securing three-pointer against Toronto with seven seconds left in the fourth quarter in Game 2.

But the Warriors lost Game 1, had to hang on tight to hold off the Raptors at the end of Game 2 and Thompson is questionable for Game 3 with a mild hamstring strain. Kevon Looney is out for the remainder of the series with a non-displaced first costal cartilage fracture in his rib/chest area and Iguodala is less than 100%.

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