NBA Playoffs: Golden State Warriors Must Rest Kevin Durant for Remainder of Series Versus Portland Trail Blazers

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 04/21/17 02:44PM EDT

Game 2 may have made it clear that the Golden State Warriors can play their first-round series versus the Portland Trail Blazers without Kevin Durant. The Warriors drubbed the Blazers in Durant's absence and this could lead to him being sidelined for the remainder of the series. 

Durant is nursing a left calf strain and this made the Warriors sit him out versus the Blazers Wednesday. It was not a problem for the Dubs as they cruised to the victory, 110-81. Arguably, their performance in Game 2 was better than the series opener where they won by 12 points, 121-109. From the looks of it, Golden State has the luxury of keeping Durant out against Portland. 

FanRag Sports suggested that the Warriors must rest Durant for the remaining games of the first round since it appears that they do not need him to eliminate the Blazers. This could be beneficial to him and for the entire team because he will have ample time to recover from the injury. The former NBA MVP will also be fully ready when they begin the second round of their postseason campaign. 

It was mentioned that the Warriors can win without Durant, but this unlikely means he is not needed. The "Slim Reaper" could be the major factor that determines the Warriors' fate this season. 

As of this moment, it is uncertain if the Warriors and head coach Steve Kerr will play Durant in Game 3. But the 28-year-old hopes to be back in action this Saturday. 

"I miss being out there with them, and hopefully I'm out there the next game," Durant said according to ESPN. He added that he felt good before Game 2 but Kerr and the Warriors opted for him to take some time off.

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