SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Martin Rogers breaks down Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, where the Warriors battled back to steal the win and take a 2-0 series lead on the Blazers.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Warriors star Kevin Durant will miss the upcoming Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference finals in Portland as he continues to recover from a strained right calf, and the timing of his next examination by doctors likely means he would not return until the NBA Finals if Golden State advances.
Durant was re-evaluated Thursday before Golden State’s 114-111 win in Game 2 of the best-of-seven series with the Trail Blazers that put the Warriors up 2-0. Durant is not ready for on-court work — a necessary step before the two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP can return to game action. He will be re-examined in another week.
The Warriors said Durant “has shown good progress since beginning his rehabilitation program one week ago. At this point, Durant is not ready to advance to on-court work.”
“There’s no mental adjustment, you just play. You go out there…