Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant will not play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors while center DeMarcus Cousins is questionable, head coach Steve Kerr told reporters on Monday. "We'll see where it goes from here. I just think being a young kid, you see all the younger guys competing and doing their thing and you feel like, 'OK, I'm just that kid, or I could be doing exactly what he's doing'". The fact there's a lot of days in between games in the Finals helps us.
But just because Toronto is at home and feeling like a team of destiny doesn't mean it'll cover the Warriors vs. Raptors spread Thursday night. "If he did anything on the court, it would've been pretty light".
"Everybody talks about it's hard to find that edge and get up for, (you) find some sort of monotony - I don't know if you find that in the finals - that's part of human nature that you fight", Curry said. Curry became the first player in National Basketball Association history to score at least 35 points in the first four games of a division/conference finals series while winning all four.
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Durant's absence has thus far not been felt too much with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green taking their game to the next level, especially against the Portland Trail Blazers, whom they swept 4-0 in the Western Conference Finals. Cousins injured his left quad in the second game of the playoffs, while Durant injured his right calf in Game 5 of the second round against the Houston Rockets.
All games of the NBA Finals will be broadcast on ABC and ESPN Radio.
Livingston has been with the team since the first Finals appearance in 2015, so it'd make sense that the veteran got a little sick of playing Cleveland every time in the last series.