first_imgThe Warriors have struggled with injuries as they make a run to defend their title in the NBA Finals, but there is a bit of good news for Golden State.Klay Thompson, who has been dealing with a strained hamstring, is expected to play in Game 4 after sitting out Wednesday’s 123-109 loss, coach Steve Kerr confirmed Thursday. However, Kevin Durant (strained calf) will continue to be sidelined for Friday’s game in Oakland. Draymond Green shrugs off Warriors’ Game 3 loss to Raptors: There are ‘fun times ahead’ NBA Finals 2019: 3 takeaways from the Raptors’ Game 3 road win over the Warriors “Hopefully he’ll be out there Friday.”- Steve Kerr gives an update on Klay Thompson#NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/9lrikoYn4q— NBA TV (@NBATV) June 6, 2019Kerr says Durant hasn’t experienced any setback; his calf just isn’t game-ready. “The hope would be that he could still make it back for the end of this series,” Kerr told reporters (via ESPN).center_img The Warriors coach confirmed Thursday that Durant would participate in 3-on-3 scrimmages later in the day and that he has been progressing well through his workouts. The star forward hasn’t played since straining his calf in Game 5 of Golden State’s second-round series against the Rockets.Kerr on KD: The training staff says he’s not ready to play. The Warriors were hopeful KD would participate in some scrimmages later today — Kerr says he’s not ready for that yet.— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) June 6, 2019″We probably won’t practice, practice as a team, (Thursday),” Kerr said late Wednesday. “It will be a film session and a walk-through. So if possible, we’ll get (Durant) together with some of our young guys, maybe a few of our coaches, and try to get him out on the floor. That would be the next step.”With Wednesday’s loss, the Warriors fell behind 2-1 in the series. Game 4 is set for Friday at 9 p.m. ET (ABC) at Oracle Arena. Steve Kerr says the Warriors expect Klay Thompson to play in Game 4. Kerr says Kevin Durant will not play in Game 4.— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) June 6, 2019Thompson was considered a game-time decision for Game 3. He initially suffered the injury early in the fourth quarter of Game 2 after he landed awkwardly while attempting a 3-pointer. The Warriors went on to win that matchup 109-104, evening the series at 1-1.”The whole point was to not risk a bigger injury that would keep him out of the rest of the series,” coach Steve Kerr told reporters after Wednesday’s loss. “So that was the decision we made, and I feel very comfortable with it. … So the good thing is, Klay has done well the last two days; now he has a couple more days to heal, and hopefully he’ll be out there on Friday.” Related Newslast_img

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