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Two-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant is expected to make his return to the Warriors and his 2019 NBA Finals debut Monday night in a must-win Game 5 for Golden State.
And no one appears to be happier than Stephen Curry.
In an exclusive interview with Rachel Nichols on ESPN’s The Jump on Monday afternoon, Curry talked at length about Kevin Durant’s expected return at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
“It’ll be fun,” Curry told Nichols when asked about getting Durant back. “I mean, he’s been through a lot this last 30-plus days, at the end of the day he still knows how to play basketball, and he’s been in the Finals before.
“Just with the way our team’s constructed, how we bring the best out of each other, you know having him out there no matter what percentage he is will definitely help us.”
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Without Durant, who has been sidelined since suffering a calf strain in Game 5 of the Warriors’ second round matchup with the Houston Rockets, the Warriors have subsequently swept the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals and fallen into a 3-1 hole in the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.
Curry said on The Jump that he hoped Durant’s return would allow the Warriors to return to form.
“Again, we’ve established, you know, a certain style of play these last three years, you know, and we’ve gotten the job done, so for us, hopefully when he’s back out there we can transition back into that and we can get the job done,” Curry told Nichols.
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The Warriors guard also addressed the mystery surrounding Durant’s injury, which has included a multitude of conflicting reports and not a lot of clarity from head coach Steve Kerr.
“There’s no explanation necessary, anyone who goes through injuries, you’re the only one who knows how your body feels,” Curry said in the interview.
You can watch the interview in its entirety here.
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