Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors brings the ball down court against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on February 13, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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Barring setback, Kevin Durant set to return for Warriors on Saturday

Posted April 6th, 2017

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Kevin Durant has been cleared to return to full-team practices and barring a setback will play Saturday against the New Orleans Pelicans, the Golden State Warriors announced Thursday.

You can read the statement below:

Following multiple workout sessions in recent days — including 2-on-2, 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 scrimmages — forward Kevin Durant has been cleared by the team’s medical and training staffs to return to full-team practices. If he does not suffer any setbacks following tomorrow’s practice, it is anticipated that Durant will play in Saturday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Oracle Arena.

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Durant has missed 19 games since suffering an MCL sprain in his knee and tibial bone bruise during a Feb. 28 game against the Washington Wizards. The former Texas star and 2014 NBA MVP had been participating in 2-on-2, 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 scrimmages prior to Thursday’s announcement.

Tipoff for Saturday’s game against the Pelicans is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. CT at Oracle Arena. The game will not be televised nationally.

Before his injury, Durant was averaging 25.3 points, 4.8 assists and 18 rebounds. Without him, the Warriors have gone 15-4 and are currently riding a 10-game winning streak that has them sitting 4½ games clear of the second-place San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference.

Durant is in his first season with the Warriors after signing with the team as a free agent last summer.

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