Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant will not play in the opening game of the NBA finals against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday because of a calf injury, coach Steve Kerr reiterated on Monday.
Western Conference Finals
The Portland Trail Blazers rallied on the back of CJ McCollum's 37 points to stun the Nuggets 100-96 in Denver and book a Western Conference finals date with NBA champions Golden State.
Stephen Curry scored all 33 of his points in the second half as the Golden State Warriors shook off the absence of Kevin Durant to beat the Houston Rockets 118-113 and advance to the Western Conference finals.
The Houston Rockets humbled the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors 107-86 on Thursday in a rematch of last season's Western Conference finals.
Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala will miss Thursday's opening game of the NBA Finals with a bone bruise in his left leg, the defending league champions confirmed Wednesday.
Bruce Bowen will be in town to give NBA fans more reason to be in the NBA Finals viewing parties on June 1 and 4.
Chris Paul will miss Houston's Western Conference finals decider against Golden State on Monday after losing his battle to be fit, Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni confirmed.
The Houston Rockets, who battled to 65 regular-season wins to earn a home-court edge throughout the NBA playoffs, aim to put that advantage to use on Monday.