For the Warriors, Kevin Durant’s return can’t come soon enough.
A middling 5-5 since their star forward went down with a knee injury Feb. 28, Golden State suddenly looks vulnerable, its hold on the No. 1 seed in the West precarious.
Durant, though, seems to be making progress toward getting back on the court.
He shot around with his teammates Saturday, and he’s expected to be with the Warriors on their two-game road trip that begins Monday in Oklahoma City, Durant’s former home. It will be the first time he’s traveled with the team since he began rehab March 1, the San Francisco Chronicle noted.
With Durant’s knee to be re-evaluated in less than a week, the Warriors are cautiously optimistic he’ll be back for the playoffs.
“You just try to let a guy rehab and do what he wants to do at his own pace,” Draymond Green said. “I feel like when you start talking to a guy — ‘Hey, man, how you doing?’ — then all of a sudden they want to rush back. … Take your time. Get right. When he’s ready, obviously, we want him back out there.”