Warriors’ Kevin Durant expected to return vs. Pelicans, report says

Could Kevin Durant be back before the regular season ends?

That’s what the Warriors are hoping as they target Saturday’s home game against the Pelicans for Durant’s return, ESPN.com reported, citing league sources.

Durant, who hasn’t played since suffering a sprained MCL and bruised tibia in a game Feb. 28, has healed well and expects to play barring a setback in the final days of his recovery, the report said. If he returns Saturday, Durant will be available for the Warriors’ final three games of the regular season.

“When you coach in this league for a while, you get USA Basketball Cheap Jerseys a real feel for players and their levels of energy, levels of wear and tear, both physically and emotionally. And there are times when you just know that a night of rest strategically spaced during a span of games is going to make a big difference in the long run,” Mavericks coach and president of the NBA Coaches Association Rick Carlisle said, via the Dallas Morning News. “It’s a story that needs to be told and people need to understand that in the present structure of the schedule, there are just times when it really is the right thing to do.

“But I understand the outcry. It’s a completely legitimate concern, especially considering the investment our television partners have made in our sport. And we all understand that.”

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has been resting players for years, didn’t seem as forgiving as Kerr or Carlisle.

“There is still no rule because it’s a bucket of worms,” Popovich said Tuesday, via the Star Tribune. “And it’s hard to make a rule. I think the league has to understand the science of what we do is a whole lot more sophisticated than it used to be. We have definitely added years to people’s [careers].

”So it’s a trade-off. You want to see this guy in this one game? Or Vintage MLB Jerseys Cheap do you want to see him for three more years in his career?”