According to ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Kevin Durant has declined his player option with the Warriors, for the 2019-2020 season, meaning he will become an unrestricted free agent. Currently Durant and his manager are in New York evaluating their options, keeping the process very private and out of the public eye.
The Toronto Raptors defeated a banged-up Golden State Warriors’ team on Thursday to capture the franchise’s first NBA Championship. Behind powerful performances from Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry, the Raptors powered their way through an injury-filled Warriors’ team to capture the elusive Larry O’Brien trophy in six games. Check out all the highlights from Game 6 of the NBA Finals below courtesy of House of HIghlights on YouTube!
According to Shams Charania of the Athletic, Warriors’ superstar Kevin Durant has undergone surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles. Durant suffered the injury early on during the Warriors’ 106-105 victory against the Raptors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. While it is unclear as to how long the recovery period will be for Durant, the 30-year-old remained positive on Wednesday, announcing on an Instagram post that “it’s going to be a journey, but I’m built for this.”
According to Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic, Houston Rockets’ point guard Chris Paul denied Golden State Warriors’ guard Stephen Curry practice time prior to the two’s Game 6 matchup the following night.
The incident reportedly began when Curry’s manager, Eric Housen, scheduled a shooting session for the star guard in the Toyota Center, which is the home arena for the Rockets and was the site for Friday’s Game 6 matchup. One thing seemingly led to the other and Paul was informed of Curry’s plan. The Rockets’ star point guard rushed to the arena and claimed the floor for himself, even turning down an offer from Curry to split the court.
This move seemed to affect Curry very little during the game, seeing as the 2-time MVP dropped 33 points in the second half of Friday’s win versus the Houston Rockets in Game 6. With the help of teammates like Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala, who dropped 27 and 17 respectively, Curry and the Warriors surged in the second half to defeat the Rockets and advance to the Western Conference Finals. Paul finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds during 38 minutes of play in the Rockets’ loss
According to several new reports, Warriors’ superstar Kevin Durant could potentially return sometime during the Western Conference Finals. One report also noted that the Warriors would evaluate Durant’s situation in about a week.
The superstar suffered a mild calf strain during Golden State’s 104-99 win over the Rockets on Wednesday. According to Dr. Alan Beyer, an orthopedic surgeon and executive medical director at the world-famous Hoag Orthopedic Institute, Durant could return somewhere between Games 5 and 6 in the Western Conference Finals, should the Warriors advance to it. Beyer also noted that it might be possible for Durant to return during Game 4 of the WCF, but cautioned heavily against it.
During a press conference with Golden State Warriors’ Head Coach Steve Kerr, the legendary coach mentioned that star big-man DeMarcus Cousins could “possibly” return later on in the playoffs. This is joyous news for Warriors fans as the veteran played well this season while sporting a Warriors’ Jersey, despite missing significant time due to multiple injuries. Kerr also noted that Cousin’s possible comeback could only happen if the team were to make a “deep” playoff run. Currently, the Warriors are locked in a heavyweight boxing match with the Houston Rockets. The Warriors stole the first two games of the series and looked as if they were poised to run away with the it. But the tough and gritty Houston Rockets refused to give up, grabbing Game 3 on their home court and making it a series again. The pair will face off again on Monday night in Houston.
Warriors Vs. Rockets – Game 2
Final: Warriors 115, Rockets 109 – GSW leads series 2-0
Highlights courtesy of House Of Highlights on YouTube.
Celtics Vs. Bucks – Game 2
Final: Bucks 123, Celtics 102 – Series tied at 1-1
Highlights courtesy of House of Highlights on YouTube.