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Durant “hasn’t even stepped on the floor yet”, but Warriors remain hopeful he will return in WCF

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One thing we know for sure is that Kevin Durant will not play Game 1 of the Golden State Warriors’ Western Conference Finals series against the Portland Trail Blazers due to a strained right calf. He is also doubtful for Game 2, and is expected to be re-evaluated on Thursday to determine his status moving forward.

So when exactly will he be healthy enough to return to the court? The Warriors remain hopeful he will return against the Blazers, but still has a long way to go in his recovery.

“He hasn’t even stepped on the floor yet…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” said Warriors head coach Steve Kerr on Monday.

“He still has pain. So there’s time ahead of him on the rehab process…We’ll have a more detailed update on Thursday”

The Warriors proved they don’t need to have Durant in the lineup to win, but he has stepped up big this postseason. Prior to his injury in Game 5 vs the Houston Rockets, the two-time NBA Finals MVP has put up incredible numbers this postseason. In 11 games, he has averaged a career-best 34.3 points to go along with 5.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.2 steals and over a span of 39.1 minutes per game.

The Warriors kick off their fifth straight Western Conference Finals appearance on Tuesday night.

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Rajon Rondo out 6-8 weeks due to significant hand injury

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The Los Angeles Lakers have just found out they have lost another veteran guard to a long-term injury.

The team announced that Rajon Rondo will be sidelined for the next 6-8 weeks after breaking his right thumb during practice in the Disney Bubble in Orlando.

The 34-year old, who is in his second season with the franchise, has averaged 7.1 points, 5.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 48 appearances this season, mostly coming off the bench.

The Lakers are first place in the Western Conference with a 49-14 record. They are 5.5 games above the second place Los Angeles Clippers as they head into the final eight games of the season when the NBA restarts at the beginning of August.

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Vince Carter officially announces retirement after 22 NBA seasons

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Vince Carter is packing his bags and riding off into the sunset.

The eight-time NBA All-Star announced on Thursday via the Ringer’s ‘Winging It’ podcast that he is “officially done playing basketball professionally.”

At 43 years of age, Carter began his career with the Toronto Raptors during the 1998/99 season. Throughout his illustrious career, he averaged 16.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists split between eight different teams in 1466 combined regular season games.

This past season with the Atlanta Hawks, he broke the NBA record for most seasons played, and become the first player to have played in four different decades. He is also the oldest player in NBA history to record at least 20 points

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NBA to vote on 22-team format starting back up on July 31

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There finally appears to be a concrete plan for the NBA to resume their season.

According to reports, the NBA has proposed a format that will consist of 22 of the league’s teams returning to action as early as July 31st at Orlando’s Disney World. The latest the season could end would be October 12th, which would be Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

The NBA’s board of governors and the National Basketball Players Association are still negotiating all the details, but there will be a vote on the plan this Thursday.

Three-fourths of the NBA’s 30 teams must vote in favor for the league to go ahead with the proposal. The plan is expected to pass with flying colors.

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