According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Durant has been ruled out of Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers, which tips off at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday. Durant didn't suit up for Game 1 of the series, after missing Game 6 against the Houston Rockets.
Golden State star Kevin Durant (calf strain) will not play in Game 2 of the WCF against Portland, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) May 15, 2019
During Game 5 of the Warriors' second-round series with the Rockets, Durant suffered a calf strain that knocked him out of the game. The way he planted and immediately grabbed the back of his leg had many worried that he suffered an Achilles injury, but the Warriors got good news that it was a calf injury instead.
Still, while Durant didn't suffer a career-altering injury, this calf strain is going to leave the Warriors shorthanded for a bit. Even with Durant out of the lineup for Game 1, the Warriors didn't miss a beat as they came away with a 116-94 victory. Golden State still is a formidable squad with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green leading the way.
With Durant out, the Warriors will need Curry and Thompson to step up like they did in Game 1 against Portland. The Splash Brothers have been inconsistent throughout the postseason, but absolutely excelled on Tuesday as they combined to score 62 points. Curry scored 36 points and knocked down nine threes.
There's also the chance DeMarcus Cousinsin the playoffs, and potentially this series, which would only help the Warriors.
The Warriors should still be considered the favorites in this series even with Durant out for the first few games, but it will be fascinating to see if the Blazers can bounce back in Game 2.