Kerr: Durant still has 'time in front of him' on recovery process



The Golden State Warriors advanced to the Western Conference finals without Kevin Durant, and will have to face at least Game 1 of that series without him,too.

Durant will not play in Game 1 of the West finals against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night . It's unlikely Durant will suit up for Game 2 because he isn't scheduled to be re-evaluated until the morning of the game on Thursday.

Golden State initially feared the two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP might have injured his Achilles, a far more serious issue.
However, despite the less severe diagnosis, coach Steve Kerr said on Monday people should "slow down" when estimating Durant's return.
"He hasn't even stepped on the floor yet," Kerr said on Monday. "We've tried to remain somewhat vague because the injury is really sort of open-ended in terms of how long he's going to need to recover. But I think in doing so, people have gotten the idea that he's going to come back ... be Willis Reed or something.
"He still has pain. So there's time ahead of him on the rehab process," Kerr continued. "We'll have a more detailed update on Thursday."


Like Durant, Kerr says Cousins still has a long way to go until he's back on the court.
"He hasn't had any live stuff on the court yet," Kerr said on Monday. "He's not that close either. Hopefully, another week goes by and things start to get better. But at this point, we're getting ready for this series without both of them.
"We sort of evaluate week to week," Kerr said. "But if a guy hasn't seen any live action the day before the first game of a series, it's tough to see that turning around quickly. For both guys, it's not like anything is imminent." 
Cousins has been out since Game 2 of Golden State's first-round series with the Clippers. In 30 games this season, Cousins averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.5 blocks in 25.7 minutes.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.