Kevin Durant injury update: Warriors star cleared, expected to play Saturday

Kevin Durant should be able to play in the Warriors' matchup against the Pelicans as long as there are no unforeseen setbacks.

Barring a setback, Kevin Durant will be back in the Warriors lineup Saturday, the team announcedThursday.

"Forward Kevin Durant has been cleared by the team's medical and athletic training staffs to return to full-team practices," the statement read. "If he does not suffer any setbacks following (Friday's) practice, it is anticipated Durant will play in Saturday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Oracle Arena."

Durant has missed19 games with a bruised tibia and sprained MCLin his left leg, sustained Feb. 28 against the Wizards. If Durant is able to return Saturday and stay healthy, he will catch the last three games of the regular season.

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Durant's return comes while the Warriors are on fire — they have won 13 in a row and are sitting as the top seed in the Western Conference.

After Golden State's last regular-season game Wednesday against the Lakers, Durant and the team will have a few days' rest before the playoffs begin the following Saturday.

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