OAKLAND — The anticipated was officially announced by the Warriors on Thursday morning: Kevin Durant has been fully cleared for Friday’s team practice and is likely to play in Saturday’s game against the Pelicans.
“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 athletic training staffs to return to full-team practices,” the release said. “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.
Durant suffered a sprained MCL and tibial bone bruise back on Feb. 28. He has missed the past 19 games. He returns to a scorching hot Warriors team that has won 13 in a row. The playoffs begin a week from Saturday.