Durant, Cousins unlikely for start of Finals


Kevin Durant is unlikely to play at the start of the NBA Finals as he continues his recovery from a strained right calf, the Golden State Warriors announced Thursday.

In a release, the Warriors said Durant still has not been cleared for on-court activities but added there is still hope he plays at some point in the series.

DeMarcus Cousins also could return from his torn left quad during the Finals, but the team said “the exact date is to be determined and depends on his progress.”

The next update on the players’ status is planned for Wednesday. The NBA Finals begin next Thursday.

Durant has not played since suffering the injury during Game 5 of the conference semifinals on May 8. Cousins has been out since April 15 after playing in the first two games of the playoffs.

Without both, the Warriors swept the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals to make their fifth straight Finals.

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