An hour before game time Warriors head coach finally confirmed all the speculation, Kevin Durant will play in game five, but it wasn’t until the third query that Kerr admitted Durant would start.
“Are we really going to go into it that deeply?” Kerr responded to the opening question. “He can play now. He’s been cleared, so he’s going to play.
“We’ll start him and play him in short bursts and see how he responds physically, see if his wind is okay and as the game goes, we’ll try to figure it out from there,” Kerr responded when asked how Durant will help Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. (oops?)
Kerr admitted he really doesn’t know what he can get from Durant, but he knows what he hopes he can get.
“I don’t want to put too much of a burden on him,” Kerr stated. “It’s been a while, we don’t know how it’s going to go, how it’s going to look, but just his mere presence makes a huge difference for us.
“I’m more hoping that Kevin’s return can sort of normalize the bench players’ roles.
“Kevin’s insertion changes quite a bit for us and so we have an idea of how we’re going to play and what our rotation will look like, and of course I’m not going to tell you.”
However, what Kerr is really banking on is his team just playing better than they have so far in this series.
“We got to cut down our turnovers,” Kerr said. “We had 19 the other game, and got to improve our defense.
“We do those two things, I like our chances.”
Kerr isn’t wrong. If the Warriors defense remains suspect and they keep turning the ball over so much, even Durant at 100 percent won’t matter.