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.Advertisement
Kevin Durant has been cleared to return to full team practices. Barring any setbacks, it is anticipated he will play in Saturday's game. pic.twitter.com/uE2SfJnc9j
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) April 6, 2017
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.