Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant took the hardwood against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night for his first game since he suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain and tibial bone bruise on February 28.
Durant's highly anticipated comeback couldn't have come at a better time.
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It took the Warriors a couple weeks to adjust to playing without Durant, during which point guard Stephen Curry has carried much of the load, but it's unlikely it takes that long for the team to adjust back to playing with Durant.
Durant looked frisky during his post-practice session on Friday, raining pull-up jump shots, shooting 3-pointers from all around the arc and soaring in for dunks.
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Ultimately, the Kevin Durant returns at 10:30 p.m. EST as the Golden State Warriors take on the New Orleans Pelicans. The injury happened due to a freak accident, where Marcin Gortat threw Zaza Pachulia into Durant's knee while battling for a rebound. It only helps, of course, that Durant has already played 59 games with Golden State. DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, easily New Orleans' two best players, are out Saturday with various injuries. Davis ranks fourth in the National Basketball Association with an average of 28.0 points per game, while Cousins isn't far behind in sixth with 27.0. Ex-Warrior Jordan Crawford (13.8 points per game) is also a capable scorer.
How will the rotation look with Durant back? .
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said in a press conference Friday there will not be a minutes restriction on the eight-time All-Star.
Per NBA.com, Kevin Durant said the injury tested his patience. Obviously, fans will get a better sense of the rotation when Curry is added back to the fold. "Soon as I see him tired or lagging a little bit, I'll take him out".