Kerr hopeful Durant can return from injury for must win game five of NBA Finals

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Published on June 10, 2019 - Duration: 01:47s

Kerr hopeful Durant can return from injury for must win game five of NBA Finals

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr hopeful Kevin Durant can return from injury for must-win game five of the NBA Finals

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Kerr hopeful Durant can return from injury for must win game five of NBA Finals

SHOWS: TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA (JUNE 9, 2019) (NBA TV - BROADCASTERS AND DIGITAL: MUST COURTESY 'NBA TV') 1.

INTERIOR SCOTIABANK ARENA - WARRIORS HEAD COACH STEVE KERR WALKING INTO PRACTICE DAY NEWS CONFERENCE 2.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) REPORTER ASKING: "Is Kevin (Durant) any closer to being able to play tomorrow?" STEVE KERR SAYING: "He's going to practice with us today and he'll get some extra work in with some of our younger players, we'll gauge it from there." REPORTER ASKING: "Are you more hopeful than you have been the last couple days?" STEVE KERR SAYING: "Yeah, because he hasn't done, what he's going to do today he hasn't done so, he's doing more today and then we'll know more after that." 3.

WARRIORS PLAYER STEPH CURRY AT NEWS CONFERENCE 4.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) WARRIORS PLAYER STEPH CURRY AFTER BEING ASKED IF KEVIN DURANT PLAYS IN GAME FIVE WOULD THAT CHANGE HIS WAY OF PLAYING, SAYING: "I don't think my style will change much at all, it's just having another powerful weapon out there that can do some very dynamic things on the floor and we'll be able to adjust in transition pretty smoothly.

He's (Durant) been in plenty of finals and has played well and no matter what percentage (of health) he's at, I'm sure he'll be impactful and effective out there." 5.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) WARRIORS HEAD COACH STEVE KERR SAYING: "We're playing guys heavy minutes and all that stuff and that's why I'm pleased that there's been two days, or there will be two days, before the next game and then the next couple after that, if we can keep extending the series, and as we get healthier and have some time to heal and rest, I like our chances so we'll see what happens.

Thanks." 6.

RAPTORS HEAD COACH NICK NURSE AT NEWS CONFERENCE 7.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) RAPTORS HEAD COACH NICK NURSE AFTER BEING ASKED IF HE'S THOUGHT ABOUT BEING ONE WIN FROM AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP, SAYING: "No, I just know we got to go win another game, and I've tried to do that all through the playoffs, just look at the next game and go win it and I imagine everything will take care of itself from there." STORY: Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said on Sunday (June 9) he was hopeful that MVP Kevin Durant would be fit for their must-win game five of the NBA Finals.

The Warriors trail the Toronto Raptors 3-1 ahead of Monday's game in Canada, where the home team can become the first to bring the championship north of the border.

Durant has missed the whole series due to a calf injury.

Kerr said Durant would train with the team on Sunday.

Asked if his hopes of a Durant return had risen in the past couple of days he told reporters: "Yeah, because what he's going to do today he hasn't done.

"He's doing more today and then we'll know more after that.

"He's going to practise with us today, and he'll get some extra work in with some of our younger players.

We'll gauge it from there." Durant has won back-to-back Finals MVP awards over the past two seasons, leading Golden State to consecutive championships.

But without Durant this time the Warriors have struggled against the Raptors.

Golden State were outscored 37-21 in the third period of game four on Friday, and Kerr is grateful for a three-day break to pick up the pieces.

"We're playing guys heavy minutes and all that stuff," he said.

"That's why I'm pleased that there will be two days before the next game and the next couple after that, if we can keep extending the series.

"As we get healthier and have some time to heal and rest, I like our chances." (Production: David Grip)

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