Durant updates calf injury on YouTube video ahead of Game 3

Durant updates calf injury on YouTube video ahead of Game 3

The Warriors dominated the Blazers in a 29-point blowout win in Game 2 even without star forward Kevin Durant. 

On Thursday, Durant took to his new personal YouTube page and expressed how much of a "bummer" it was to not play Wednesday night. Durant opened the video sending praise to multiple teammates, saying, "Shout out to the boys, I miss being with them. Hopefully I'm back out there next game." 

The eight-time All-Star then opened up on how the injury happened and how he's feeling two days before Game 3 in Portland. 

"Unfortante that I pulled my calf in Game 1 in the third quarter," Durant said. "Felt good to finish the game, but afterwards it just tightened up on me a little bit." 

If it was up to Durant, he would have played in Game 2. But after missing five weeks with a sprained MCL, the Warriors took caution. 

"I was sore for the next few days. Felt like I could go yesterday, but coach Kerr and the training staff and the whole organization told me it would be best to take a couple of days of rest. 

"Hopefully I'll see how I feel these next couple of days, you know we got an extra day before the game starts, and we'll see how I feel," Durant said.

As far as Durant is progressing, everything seems to be positive so far. 

"I'm getting better every day," Durant said. "Hopefully I can be out there with my teammates grindin' it out, tryin' to move forward and get 'W' in Game 3, so we'll see what happens." 

For the basketball junkie Durant, all he wants is to be back on the court. He stayed positive throughout the video, but also expressed how much he can't stand missing games. 

"It's a bummer, man," Durant said somberly. "I hate being out. I hate being hurt. You know, obviously it's something that's out of my control right now. 

"Just try to get better and work on it every single day. Get as much treatment as I can, ice, do all that good stuff and get ready to be back. 

"I'm positive about it, we'll see what happens, like I said." 

Durant led the Warriors with 32 points in their Game 1 win. The Warriors take on the Trail Blazers in Game 3 in Portland on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with Warriors Playoff Central beginning at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Bay Area. 

How Warriors fans can watch game this season with Larry O'Brien Trophy


How Warriors fans can watch game this season with Larry O'Brien Trophy

Once the NBA season starts, every player is out for the same thing -- a chance to raise the Larry O'Brien Trophy at the end of the year.

During the 2017-18 season, Warriors fans can watch a game at Oracle Arena with the prize possession right by their side. All you need is $2,000. 

If you can write the check, the trophy will pay you a visit in a premium suite, plus two bottle of champagne and a gift bag that includes a six-inch replica trophy and a replica championship ring. 

Fans are limited to four experiences with the trophy per game. 

Darren Rovell of ESPN was first to share the details. 

Damian Lillard: 'I'm not joining nobody' like Kevin Durant did, unless...

Damian Lillard: 'I'm not joining nobody' like Kevin Durant did, unless...

Kevin Durant. LeBron James. Chris Paul. Paul George. LaMarcus Aldridge. Kyrie Irving. Gordon Hayward.

Those just some of the superstars to change teams in the last few years in pursuit of a championship.

But don't expect Damian Lillard to add his name to that list.

While speaking on the latest episode of Complex's Everyday Struggle, the Blazers point guard was asked about the possibility of joining up with other stars to try to win a title.

"I mean, like I said about [former Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge], I wouldn't have done it. For me, I'm not joining nobody," Lillard said.

When it was brought up that he'd join LeBron if given the chance, Lillard responded by saying this: "I'm not joining nobody. I would not win a championship before I go and team up and do all that. Unless it was something I couldn't control."

A hypothetical scenario was posed to Lillard: Let's say you're 34 years old (Lillard is currently 27 years old) and you had the chance to join two of your superstar friends on another team. You still wouldn't do it?

"I’m saying this because this is how I feel, not how I feel at the moment. That’s just how I feel about it. I think if that’s what somebody wants to do, I’m not mad at them for doing it. I’m just telling you what I’m not going to do. That ain’t how we get down," Lillard responded.

To wrap up the topic, Lillard was asked if he holds it against any player that does decide to team up with other superstars.

"Nah, if it make them feel good, if they comfortable doing it, then do you," Lillard said.