The team said that if Durant exits Friday's practice without issue, he will play in Saturday's game at Oracle Arena. The Warriors have now won 205 regular-season games over the last three seasons, the most regular-season wins in National Basketball Association history over a three-season span. It will be intriguing to see how much Durant cuts into playing time for Barnes and Patrick McCaw. However, he kept his sights on the bigger picture.
"I don't have a number on the minutes played, it's more on how it feels for him and fatigue", said Kerr, who mentioned three "meaningless" games being "perfect for him to get three games before the playoffs start, to get his conditioning, his timing, his rhythm".
"If I had to wait until the playoffs, I would have waited", he said.
As for the Pelicans, They are not expected to be at full strength either.
DeMarcus Cousins (right Achilles tendinitis) and Anthony Davis (left knee) will be sidelined for the Pelicans, who were eliminated from the playoffs earlier this week.
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Durant has been sidelined since he was hurt February 28 at Washington but Golden State hoped all along to have KD back before the regular season ended - and now the Warriors are riding a 13-game winning streak and have secured the Western Conference's No. 1 seed. At 65-14, the team is now 4.5 games clear of the San Antonio Spurs, who are going to play as the No. 2 seed in the playoffs. He joined the Warriors via free agency this past offseason.
Still, it's hard to think they wouldn't welcome back the 25.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 1.6 blocked shots per game Durant brings to the floor.
While Durant returns, the Warriors could be without another star on Saturday.
Ultimately, the Kevin Durant returns at 10:30 p.m. EST as the Golden State Warriors take on the New Orleans Pelicans.