Small forward Kevin Durant participated in all of Friday's practice session and is cleared to play in Saturday's contest against the Pelicans after missing 19 consecutive games. However, it hardly bodes well for the Pelicans that Golden State is holding opponents to 99.9 points on 41.6 percent shooting during its current 13-game winning streak.
"So I don't really have a number on the minutes played that I'm looking at".
Kerr reiterated he will start Durant and take him out at signs he is tiring, and he spoke to Matt Barnes and Patrick McCaw about their roles changing. Durant returned to practice Friday and experienced no issues with his knee.
Head coach Steve Kerr did say Durant would be pulled if he looks exhausted, noting that the last three games of the regular season are about his conditioning and the team getting their timing back.
"There aren't any minute restrictions, per se, but it'll be based on his level of conditioning and fatigue", Kerr said. The Warriors have three meaningless games remaining in their regular season schedule.
Head coach Steve Kerr reckons that the trickiest part of Durant's return will be reshuffling his substitution patterns. The Warriors then wrap up the season on Wednesday when they host Luke Walton and the Los Angeles Lakers. Golden State has clinched the No. 1 overall seed in the Western Conference and the league's best record.More news: Don Rickles Dies at 90
Otherwise, Durant said he knew he could overcome the injury. He said playing basketball is his favorite thing so it hard to be away from the game.
Currently, the Pelicans are 33-46 and they are eliminated from playoff contention.
Durant is tied for the team lead in points (25.3) and is the top rebounder (8.1) and shot-blocker (1.6) for the club.
It remains to be seen how Durant's return will impact the Warriors.
The Golden State Warriors swapped one superstar for another on Saturday night.