The Golden State Warriors say Kevin Durant’s rehab for his sprained MCL is coming along quite well. While the team initially predicted it would be likely Durant would miss the remainder of the regular season, now they’re beginning to sound more optimistic that he may actually return before then.
The former NBA MVP is averaging 25.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game this season. Naturally, the “Dubs” can’t wait to get him back on the court so that he may continue helping them lock down the top seed in the West. So what does the timetable for Durant’s return look like now?
Here’s the team’s official statement:
“Kevin has made very good progress since suffering the injury four weeks ago in Washington. He has not experienced any setbacks to date and has progressed as well as could be expected. At this point, he’s being incorporated into non-contact basketball drills — shooting, running and jumping — and the plan is to intensify his level of movement over the next several days, which will include more explosive cutting and lateral maneuvers. His eventual return to contact drills and practice will be predicated upon his progress to the increased intensity of his workouts, and a return to game action prior to the end of the regular season remains a possibility. He will be re-evaluated again in the next 7-10 days.”
With the San Antonio Spurs creeping up on the Warriors for the number one seed, Durant’s regular season return, even if it’s only for a game or two, could very well mean the difference between a one and a two seed. At this point, the Warriors are 60-14, and have only eight games remaining in the regular season. The Spurs are close behind with a record of 57-16.
It would also be beneficial for Durant to get a couple games in before the postseason just to get into the flow of things before the team begins another deep playoff run. As long as Durant suffers no setbacks over the next week and a half, he should be good to go just in time for the team’s final push toward the playoffs.