The Golden State Warriors are on the brink of being eliminated from the NBA finals and it seems that Kevin Durant’s absence is causing some friction within the team.
According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, some Warriors players are frustrated that Durant, who suffered a right calf strain nearly a month ago, hasn’t pushed through his injury and returned during the finals.
Sources say there was a very real hope that Durant would be able to play in Game 4, to push through in much the same way that Thompson, Cousins, Iguodala and Looney have done of late. When that didn’t happen, and when they saw their season compromised more than ever without him after they’d grown hopeful of his return after seeing him on the court, the irritation grew in large part because they simply didn’t understand why he wasn’t there.
Warriors officials aren’t running from the reality that there’s frustration among some players, but they’re also quick to point out that trainer Rick Celebrini – not Durant – is making this call.
What’s more, two sources insist that the Warriors have believed for quite some time that Game 5 was the earliest time in which he would likely return.
Warriors veteran Andre Iguodala has taken a more zen-like approach towards Durant’s injury and just wants KD to come back whenever he feels comfortable in doing so.
As of now, Kevin Durant has been cleared to practice with the team but his status for tonight’s game 5 is still questionable.