Durant out for Game 3 vs Blazers, misses second straight with calf strain

Durant out for Game 3 vs Blazers, misses second straight with calf strain

Programming note: Warriors-Blazers Game 3 coverage starts Saturday night at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area, and streaming live right here.

PORTLAND -- Warriors coach Steve Kerr will have plenty of familiar company away from Game 3 Saturday night against the Trail Blazers.

Forward Kevin Durant (left calf strain), forward Matt Barnes (right ankle/foot bone bruise) and guard Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain/hand contusion) -- all listed as questionable Saturday morning -- were downgraded to out.

The announcement regarding the players came roughly 90 minutes after the Warriors conveyed Kerr’s absence.

Barnes had missed the first two games of the series, as well as the final two regular-season games, while Durant and Livingston both sustained their injuries Game 1 and have not returned to action.

Durant, Livingston, Barnes questionable for Game 2 vs Blazers

Durant, Livingston, Barnes questionable for Game 2 vs Blazers

OAKLAND -- Kevin Durant hates to acknowledge injury, which is why he said he was OK Sunday despite being examined by a member of the Warriors training staff in the third quarter of Game 1 against Portland.

“I’m cool,” Durant said when asked about it after a 121-109 Warriors victory.

Durant is not so “cool” after all, as the Warriors announced the 6-foot-9 forward missed practice Tuesday because of a left calf strain and is questionable for Game 2 on Wednesday.

Backup guard Shaun Livingston also is listed as questionable, with a hand contusion and sprain of his right index finger. Reserve forward Matt Barnes, who missed Game 1 with a right ankle/foot sprain, also is listed as questionable.

As for the concern level regarding Durant, the only starter on the injury list, well, there is one.

“If he didn’t practice,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, “there’s concern.”

Durant played well and showed no ill effects while scoring eight fourth-quarter points on 4-of-5 shooting despite appearing to run gingerly at times.

Kerr indicated that he didn’t think this was a serious injury but was reluctant to issue a timetable for such a sensitive injury.

Durant looks ready to go in pregame workout before return for Warriors

Durant looks ready to go in pregame workout before return for Warriors

OAKLAND -- Kevin Durant came out for pregame warmups Saturday and not only avoided disaster but looked about as normal as he did prior to sustaining the knee injury that sidelined him for more than a month.

Still, the Warriors were taking no chances. Dr. Bill Maloney, the team physician, stood on the court arms folded, observing as Durant crouched and stretched while going through various dribbling and shooting drills an hour before tipoff against the Pelicans.

“There aren’t any minutes restrictions, per se,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “It’ll be based on his level conditioning and fatigue. I can’t imagine in the first game back that I’m going to run him huge minutes.”

Durant missed 19 full games and all except the opening minute of the Feb. 28 game during which he left after spraining his left medial collateral ligament (MCL) and bruising his tibia.

Also clear: Durant won’t be the sole voice in determining how much he plays.

“He didn’t even like it this past summer when he signed with us, when I told him that our starters basically all play 33 or 34 minutes,” Kerr said. “He didn’t like that at all. He said, ‘I’m a 38-to-40 guy.’ He wants to be out there all the time.

“So I have to rein him in and make sure we’re doing the smart thing.”

AT THE POINT

With Stephen Curry sitting out with a minor injury, Kerr opted for the safe pick as his replacement, calling upon veteran point guard Shaun Livingston.

It’s a one-game decision, according to the coach.

“Steph’s good,” Kerr said. “He didn’t shoot around again this morning. He got treatment. But we anticipate him playing on Monday.”

Curry is getting extra time to allow a contusion on his left knee, sustained Wednesday night in Phoenix, to fully heal.