Warriors' Durant (calf) out for Game 6, Kerr says

The Warriors are facing the most dangerous kind of underdog — the high-variance Rockets

The Warriors are facing the most dangerous kind of underdog — the high-variance Rockets

Kevin Durant's leg injury could have a major impact not only on how the 2019 playoffs conclude but how the league takes shape this summer in a year where several superstars will become free agents.

A return could potentially come in the Western Conference finals, but the Warriors, leading the Houston Rockets 3-2 in the semifinals entering Friday's Game 6 at Houston, still need a win without Durant.

Thompson apparently had other things to think about instead of the story of the three-hour film, which topped the $2 billion revenue mark over the weekend.

Harden's 3 with 3:07 left in the third trimmed Golden State's lead to 66-62, and then Iman Shumpert made it a one-point game with a 3.

"Disappointed for him", Kerr said.

The Warriors took a 3-2 lead in the second-round series vs. the Rockets as the series moves to Houston for Game 6. They trust each other; they've won championships together. The good news is Durant's right calf strain is considered mild, and will be reevaluated in just a week's time.

"If Kevin is out, what you saw in the fourth quarter is what you're going to have to see going forward", Kerr said.

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The Warriors' chief defender against James Harden, Iguodala has played 29 or more minutes in all four games of the series.

"With Kevin out, it changes everything", Kerr said.

The Warriors are 26-1 in their last 27 games when Curry plays but Durant does not.

Curry must re-emerge as the alpha scorer and lead playmaker, running more pick-and-rolls and taking on a heavier shot load. I apologize to my mom, who is probably watching, but our guys are f - ing giants.

It is very possible with such a short turnaround for a potential game 7 that Durant could miss the rest of the series against the Rockets. Thompson will also see his scoring burden increase, and his perimeter shooting will be key to matching the Rockets' three-point attack on the road.

But it means Harden has to step up in crunch time.

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