Kevin Durant will not play in game four of the NBA Finals, Golden State coach Steve Kerr announced Thursday (local time).
Durant has not played since he injured his right calf on May 8 in the Western Conference semi-finals. He has missed the past eight games.
Kerr had better news when it came to Klay Thompson's strained left hamstring. Thompson didn't play in game three on Wednesday as the Warriors lost 123-109 to the Toronto Raptors, but Kerr said the star guard would play in game four "barring something unforeseen."
Toronto leads the best-of-seven series 2-1, with game four set for Friday night in Oakland.
Kerr said he had hoped Durant could take part in a team scrimmage on Thursday but the training staff wasn't comfortable with that. He said Wednesday that he thought Durant would take part.
"There was no setback," Kerr said Thursday. "I was hoping today would be the day he'd get back on the floor. It's not going to be today."
The Warriors are 6-2 without Durant, but there is no doubt they could use his contributions against a tough Toronto team. In 78 games in the regular season, he averaged 26 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game. In the post-season, he is producing 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.
In other injury news, Golden State big man Kevon Looney could see action in the NBA Finals, despite sustaining an upper-body cartilage fracture in the game two, according to a report.
Citing league sources, ESPN reported that further evaluation of the fracture led to hope of a return. More testing will be done to determine his status.
The team called the injury a non-displaced first costal cartilage fracture on Looney's right side.
A Looney return would bolster the short-handed Warriors but Kerr told reporters Tuesday afternoon that he didn't expect to see Looney on the court again this season.
"It's not anything that's going to be a problem long term," Kerr said of Looney's injury. "But it's going to keep him out for the rest of the series, which is obviously a big blow for us and for him."
During the regular season, Looney averaged 6.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game.
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