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. 

John Wall commits to Wizards long term with huge contract extension


John Wall commits to Wizards long term with huge contract extension

The Washington Wizards' long-term future is now a lot clearer, as superstar point guard John Wall agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $170 million. David Aldridge first reported the news.

Wall, 26, re-ups with the Wizards through the 2022-23 season. By the time it expires he will be 32 years old, meaning the Wizards have locked him up for the majority if not all of his prime.

Wall was able to earn the dollar amount he did in part because of his selection to third team All-NBA for the 2016-17 season. Under the recently installed collective bargaining agreement, honors like All-NBA and Defensive Player of the Year allow players to earn more money on contract extensions.

The Wizards drafted Wall first overall in 2010 out of the University of Kentucky. In his seven NBA seasons since, Wall has blossomed into one of the NBA's best players with career averages of 18.8 points, 9.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. He has been an All-Star in each of the past four seasons and is a one-time All-Defensive team selection.

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Kevin Love closes Twitter response with 'now go kick some rocks'


Kevin Love closes Twitter response with 'now go kick some rocks'

On Friday afternoon, news broke that Kyrie Irving reportedly requested a trade from the Cavs.

Shortly thereafter, a Twitter account with over 296,000 followers tweeted the following:

[RATTO: Kyrie Irving needs to be traded to one place, and one place only]

A little over an hour later, Kevin Love responded:

On Tuesday night, Irving told Sports Illustrated the Cavs are "in a very peculiar place."

In the weeks between Cleveland's Game 5 loss to the Warriors and the start of free agency, Love was reportedly on the trading block.

The Cavs and GM David Griffin "mutually" parted ways three days before the NBA Draft.

Cleveland is finally finalizing a deal with assistant GM Coby Altman to become the permanent general manager, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

LeBron James can opt out and become a free agent next summer, and there is already speculation about where he may go.

Man. The last six weeks in Cleveland have been wild...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller