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. 

Warriors as healthy as ever while playing waiting game for next opponent

Warriors as healthy as ever while playing waiting game for next opponent

OAKLAND -- Now that the Warriors have gone through a full-squad scrimmage for the first time in three weeks, there is only one issue to be resolved before they get back to the business of the playoffs.

Whom to play? And when?

As of Friday afternoon, the Warriors had no idea of either.

They will face the winner of the Clippers-Jazz first-round series, in which Utah took a 3-2 lead into Game 6 Friday night in Salt Lake City.

“Why are we talking about Utah like the Clippers are done?” Draymond Green wondered after fielding several Jazz-related questions after scrimmaging.

Well, because the Jazz won Games 4 and 5 and is favored to win Game 6 at home. If they win, they’ll come into Oracle Arena Sunday afternoon to meet the Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.

If the Clippers win Game 6 to even the series, those teams will meet for Game 7 Sunday in Los Angeles, with the winner advancing to face the Warriors in Game 1 of the conference semifinals next Tuesday night in Oakland.

In any case, the Warriors appear about as healthy has they have been at any time since February.

Veteran guard Shaun Livingston, out with a finger/hand injury since Game 1 (April 16) of the first-round series against Portland, participated in the scrimmage, as did veteran forward Matt Barnes, who last played on April 8, when he sustained a bone bruise atop his right foot.

“They practiced today and they even went through the scrimmage,” acting head coach Mike Brown said. “But we’ll wait for our training staff to clear them, after they see how they feel today and (Saturday).”

In short, if swelling is minimal, both will be available for Game 1, regardless of when.

So, too, will Kevin Durant. After a strained left calf kept him out of Games 2 and 3 against the Trail Blazers, he started and played 20 minutes in decisive Game 4 without any ill effects.

Nothing changed during the scrimmage Friday.

“It felt great out there,” he said. “Nothing bothered me. It was definitely good. I’m just trying to hopefully put that injury stuff behind.”

Durant conceded that he continues to receive treatment and ice, but mostly to minimize potential swelling.

Durant makes plea to NBA officials: 'S--- talking is part of the game'

Durant makes plea to NBA officials: 'S--- talking is part of the game'

OAKLAND -- Kevin Durant wishes more NBA officials had a better grasp of the language of the game.

They don’t seem to understand that “trash talk” almost always is little more than an act in which healthy emotions are released. It’s as much of the game on the court as pointing out a bad haircut or a fashion error in the locker room.

“I was raised that if you weren’t talking on the court, then something (bad) is going on,” Durant said after Warriors practice on Friday.

Durant caught a glimpse of the chatter earlier this week between former Oklahoma City teammate Russell Westbrook and Houston guard Patrick Beverley in decisive Game 5 of the Thunder-Rockets series and was disappointed when the officials slapped each with a technical foul.

“I was like, ‘Man, just play on. It’s a part of the game,’” Durant said.

Though Durant himself is not a premier trash-talker, he plays alongside one in fellow forward Draymond Green.

“That’s why we started playing, to talk a little s--- here and there,” said Durant, who grew up in the Washington D.C. area. “Draymond is really good at it. There are a lot of guys in the league that are good. More guys are quiet now than before.

“But s--- talking is a part of the game. I love it. It’s fun when you’re on the same team as a guy that does it. And then, when you’re playing against it, it’s even better because it brings the best out of you.”

For Durant, there always will be a place for trash talk on the court. Not only did he experience it while growing up but he also was indoctrinated in the practice from the moment he arrived in the NBA in 2007.

He recalls, with fondness, being targeted as a rookie by Kevin Garnett and a few other Celtics.

“When I came into the league, that’s when the Celtics had just got together,” Durant said. “Paul Pierce and KG and those guys talked bad to me as a rookie. I was 19. And they talked so bad to me. And I was talking right back. It was just a fun exchange. That’s what basketball is about.”

Now if only he could get officials to realize this.