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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins out through at least Game 5

DeMarcus Cousins

The Golden State Warriors officially will be without Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins for most of the Western Conference finals.

The team announced in a statement on Thursday that both players would be evaluated in a week, which is after Game 5 of the series takes place.

Based on the update, Cousins is further along in his rehab process. The Warriors big man suffered a thigh injury in Game 2 of the team’s first-round playoff series against the Clippers and has been out since. There were questions about whether he would be out for the remainder of the playoffs, but Steve Kerr hasn’t ruled him out. Cousins has progress to on-court work but is not read for live action.

Durant still hasn’t been cleared for on-court work yet. He suffered a strained right calf during Game 5 against the Rockets last Wednesday.

Golden State leads 1-0 in the Western Conference finals against Portland. Game 6 of the series is scheduled for May 24, if necessary. The NBA Finals begin on May 30.

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