OAKLAND -- As anticipated based on his absence at morning shootaround, Kevin Durant was ruled out of Game 2 of Warriors-Blazers Wednesday night at Oracle Arena.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr made the official announcement two hours before the 7:40 tipoff.
“No, he won’t play,” Kerr said. “It’s not worth it.”
In addition to Durant, guard Shaun Livingston and forward Matt Barnes also will be miss Game 2. Kerr expressed optimism that all three players will be available for Game 3 Saturday in Portland.
“It’s just day to day,” Kerr said.
Durant sustained a left calf strain when he was kneed from behind by Portland center Noah Vonleh late in the third quarter of Game 1 on Saturday.
Though he was examined by a member of the Warriors training staff between the third and fourth quarters, Durant was initially said he was fine. He has since been confined to receiving treatment.
Though Durant scored a team-high 32 points in Game 1, the Warriors felt it best hold him out as a precaution. Because of the sensitivity of muscle strains, Kerr said he did not want to take any risks.