Opinion: As Kevin Durant sits, Warriors need old Stephen Curry to appear against Rockets

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What I’m Hearing: USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt discusses Kevin Durant’s strained calf, which will keep him out of the Warriors lineup for about a week, but is not a much more serious Achilles injury.
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HOUSTON — When the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets take the floor for Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals here Friday, all eyes will be on Stephen Curry.

Scrutinizing eyes. Hopeful eyes. And desperate eyes, with the Warriors up 3-2 in this best-of-seven series but now playing without Kevin Durant.

The two-time NBA Finals MVP has carried the Warriors through their first 11 postseason games, averaging 34.2 points. He’s had games of 50, 46 and 45 and scored 22 before he went down with a strained right calf during the third quarter of Wednesday’s Game 5 win.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Thursday that Durant will miss the rest of the series. A potential Game 7 would be Sunday. Durant likely is out at least a week based on his recovery period from similar injuries in the past. Kerr said he is hopeful Durant would be able to return if Golden State reaches the conference finals.

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