NBA Playoffs: Warriors hope Shaun Livingston, Matt Barnes return in second round

Star forward Kevin Durant is also expected to be back to full strength when the team begins the second round of the playoffs Tuesday.

Golden State is optimistic some extra rest will help build the team's resilience.

The Warriors hope to get point guard Shaun Livingston and forward Matt Barnes back for the second round of the playoffs beginning Tuesday after announcing their injuries have progressed.

The team indicated Saturday that Livingston, who sprained a finger on his right hand in Game 1 of the opening series against the Trail Blazers, remains questionable but could make his return. Meanwhile, Barnes, who has been sidelined since he injured his ankle on April 8 against the Pelicans, has been upgraded to probable.

"I'm trying to make sure I rest it as much as I possibly can because when I do come back, I plan on staying all the way back," Livingston said Saturday, via The Associated Press. "Hopefully it will be ready for Tuesday."

In addition, star forward Kevin Durant is also expected to be back to full strength after sitting out two games and being limited to just 20 minutes of playing time in another due to a strained calf.

The Warriors earned more than a week off between series after eliminating the Trail Blazers from the postseason with four straight wins in the opening round. Golden State will take on the winner of Sunday’s Game 7 showdown between the Clippers and Jazz in the next round.

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